The 'after-flight' adventure
When balloonists have childish fun !


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Fire... air... earth... and water...

Those are the ingredients for a baptism ceremony after a hot-air balloon flight. You'll need to bring dry clothes!

Of course there is more to it than just that. The pilot gives a speech and tells stories about the history and techniques of ballooning, the soon-to-be certified balloonists have to make certain promises - and are treated with the various ingredients, preferably in generous amounts if conditions allow. It all mixes into slimy stuff and basically the passengers are gunged, saturday-night tv style. Noel Edmonds would feel right at home.

Every passenger who makes it t through this wet and messy ordeal receives a title of ballooning nobility which is mentioned on his or her flight certificate. Of course there is bubbly for drinking as well (we have selected a very good regional champagne) - and our shower is available to rinse off and clean up afterwards.

Most people appreciate this a lot and heave tremendous fun, rediscovering the child lurking in themselves for a moment. Which is the point of ballooning: childish fun.

You may bring a clown's nose (and convince friends to donate to a good cause if you get gunged), dress up in party outfits, wear flippers or high heels for the ceremony, anything to add to the fun. We take lots of photos and will ensure you get them all on disk for posterity.

One of our passengers in 2014 put it all on her blog.

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