Western Spirit Balloon Tours and Events travel blog

Balloons on launch

Big Top peaking over a hill

Burping the balloon

Jon and Brian pre-launch

Jon preparing for launch

Jon found a beautiful meadow

Jon, Susan and Chezna

Marty directing the crew during pack up

Missy B our Mascot

Jon sharing the story of ballooning

Shannon and Eric


The Big Top Balloon Team attended the 30th Annual Hot Air Balloon Rodeo in Steamboat Springs, CO. Jon and Robin were joined by Marty and Al Danner, Shannon Tracy and Eric. Our good friends Mix and Karen Beauvais (our favorite sponsors) and their wonderful family and staff outdid themselves arriving at the balloon field as a bunch of clowns!

We launched from Bald Eagle Lake with our passengers Susan and Chezna. Jon flew over the river and through the meadows elevating to the FAA determined legal limit over the red zones of the Rodeo grounds and the town heading west up and over Steamboat. He found a beautiful meadow and landed on Scott Flower’s ranch on Soul Center Drive.

We were joined by new friends Brian and Laurie Edwards from Steamboat. They chased the balloon on their bikes. Amazing!

After the flight, we all enjoyed a wonderful tailgate provided by our sponsors and crew and are looking forward to good weather tomorrow!



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