Dook Weidema and his Pinkel Balloon team provide the very best flight experience you can find anywhere. The sense of adventure and artistry which marks the best ballooning is the trade mark of this specialized 'boutique' company. The look is rugged and outdoor but the talk is insightful and the wrap around experience reassuring. I was one of three passengers taking off for an evening flight. The others were old friends who'd been waiting some time for the right weather. Before the flight we were invited to take part in the assembling of the balloon, having the process and our roles explained and supervised. Once in the air we were treated to a number of manoeuvres, rapid ascent, flying close to level, taking us low over water was the highlight for me. During the flight we learned about how to fly the craft, what the dangers were and how to avoid them as well as stories of competition and adventure.
Our landing was with wind but dealt with in an expert fashion and we celebrated on the ground with an impromptu picnic, joined by the ground crew in the obligatory Land Rover. The flight lasted about an hour and a half.
I've had balloon flights before with large groups and bigger balloons but the expertise and intimacy of this company and pilot give a vastly superior flying experience.
Very highly recommended.
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