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Best Place In Washington To Try Hot Air Ballooning

In 2010 I put "Fly In A Hot Air Balloon" on my Bucket List.

Since I was a kid, I've been dreaming about floating above Mother Earth with an inexplicable feeling of freedom that an open basket provides. Years later, after having tried skydiving, parasailing, paragliding, and flying a small aircraft, I still hope a hot air balloon flight will be a different and, in its own way, unique experience.

Two years ago when I was searching for information on balloon flights, I came across the Winthrop Balloon Roundup, an annual festival that takes place every March in Winthrop, WA

From March 2 through 4, the skies of Winthrop and the Methow Valley will brighten with the brilliant colors of over a dozen hot air balloons in the Winthrop Balloon Roundup. This three-day festival, now in it's 15th year, is a photographer's dream. It's an incredible visual display as the balloons fly over the old western town of Winthrop and with the snow-capped mountains of the North Cascades as a backdrop.
I visited Winthrop last year, and the area made a huge impression on me. Though, I didn't have much luck with the weather, I had a lot of fun cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in Winthrop.

I'm really hoping to make it there this weekend, but just thinking about the drive ( it's about 4-5 hours from where I live ) makes me question that it's going to happen. Plus , it's not exactly cheap ( a flight is about $ 210 for adults and $165 per child age 6 to 12 ), and if the weather is going to be the same it was last time ( very cloudy ), I'm not sure if it's worth it...

But can you really put a price on a childhood dream ?

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