I had such a fun weekend! I’m sad to see it’s over already. But not completely over yet, because I still get to relive it in this post. Last weekend was the calm before the storm, because starting this weekend I am busy every weekend until Thanksgiving. It makes me tired just thinking about it. Lots of fun to be had though.
Friday night I was supposed to play softball but the other team never showed up so there was no game. Instead we had batting practice for a bit and then went out for dinner and drinks. After dinner I had to get home and pack because the fiance and I had a little trip planned for Saturday night.
Before our trip though I had my first bridal shower on Saturday afternoon. To be honest, I was a little nervous going into because I am not the type of person that loves having all of the attention on me, and that is exactly what this entire party was about. Thankfully it wasn’t that bad being the center of attention for one afternoon and I had a lot of fun. One of my Aunt’s on my Dad’s side hosted this one so it was mostly his family. I got a lot of really nice gifts and I can’t wait to start using them and get rid of our old hand me down stuff. My next bridal shower is in October so I think I am more ready for it now.
After the bridal shower I hurried home to pick up the fiance so we could drive up to Napa for the night. I bought us tickets to go on a hot air balloon ride way back in February for Valentine’s day. We had a year to use the tickets, so I thought maybe we could wait until our 10 year anniversary and go in June. Turns out the fiance had to work, so we waited until we both had a free day. This was one of the only days so we booked it. We got to Napa around 6:30pm and picked up a bottle of wine on the way to the hotel. We decided to have a couple glasses of wine before dinner in our hotel. Our hotel was perfectly located near lots of restaurants so we had no problem finding something for dinner. We picked a Thai restaurant and it was delicious. After dinner we walked back to the hotel and watched TV for a little bit before calling it a night since we had to be up super early.
Sunday morning we had to meet at 6:30am for our flight. They provided us with muffins and coffee and shuttled us to an open field where all the balloons were being inflated. I didn’t realize just how big these balloons were until I was standing right next to one. We got to watch them inflate and then it was time to hope in. There were 16 people in our group that fit into what looks like a giant floating picnic basket. Within 5 minutes we were already floating away. Taking off was probably my favorite part just to watch everything get smaller but your view of everything around you get so much larger. It reminded me of the Soarin’ Over California ride in Disneyland. Once we were up high enough our pilot turned off the burners and it was so quiet and peaceful up there. Our flight was about an hour long which went by so fast. Then it was time to land, which got a little scary at times.
There’s no real steering the balloon, it all depends on the wind. So being able to judge when and where the wind is going while trying to find an open spot to land in the middle of all these vineyards can be a bit challenging. Our pilot found an open spot to land and got us there, but it was hard to stop the balloon so we made a couple bounces. The scary part was that we were headed for a giant tree if we didn’t completely stop in time. Thankfully we were able to stop, but they couldn’t deflate the balloon here because it would fall on the tree and possible tear. The pilot was able to get 3 guys to come help, but they weren’t able to pull us up this hill to get away from the tree. Their next attempt was to walk us down this hill but it was way too far so that wouldn’t work either. Finally they let all of us out of the balloon so they could get all of the guy passengers to help push this balloon up the hill. Thankfully they were able to do it once we all got out and they safely deflate the balloon.
After that little adventure we got shuttled back to the hotel we met up at and were provided with a champagne brunch. It was a really fun experience and I am so glad I did it. Once our bellies were full we headed back home to pick up the pup and we all took a much needed nap. So that was my excitement for the weekend. Next weekend will be filled with softball and a country concert.