A rising sun, an Orangina of a hot air balloon, the cold vast sweep of the Atlas Mountains, another X on the bucket list, and we are off to a good start!
- Link for the Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride Company.
- Cost is $230.62 per person.
- It includes a Berber breakfast, a balloon ride, a camel ride, and pick up/drop off from the hotel.
With a Berber breakfast of boiled eggs, bread, olives, fruit, mint tea…served under a tent in this pretty little yard…snug in our bellies, we took a 10 minute drive to the tethered, flaming balloon.
A few blistering puffs of fire and she was ready to sail the skies. All aboard!! Into the basket with wings!
It wasn’t as cold up there as we thought it might be. And the blast from the propeller (?) kept us warm, too. Hamid, our pilot, was fabulous! He was so very funny, he had us in stitches the whole entire time! It made the ride even more entertaining and memorable!
For miles and miles, the weightlessness of a blue diffused sky, and in one sweeping, unsuspecting moment, the eye is caught and held by the edges of these mountains and they shimmer into being-ness…into their cool grounded vastness…and they roll off the edges of the vision and beyond…into the grey dawning sunlight. Utterly mesmerizing.
Next up?! Camel ride!! Another X on the bucket list!
It was a quick 15 minute ride across the road and around an open space. It was so worth it! The camels were sweet and docile, talking to each other in low grunts. I wonder what they were saying to each other. They were so sweet, they even allowed me to pet them!
Who knew camel rides could be so much fun!