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Hot Air Ballooning in Swakopmund – Namibia

Thoughts of rising up into the sky in a hot air balloon while the sun rises over the Skeleton Coast of Namibia is needed today to lighten my sodden mood. With our twins in preschool for the first time this winter, I have been through revolving doors of one cold after another for months now. Today is especially worse with one of the kids falling sick as well. Anyway…I hope these pictures will elevate your mood, too.

We were outside of Swakopmund, Namibia, a city at the southern tip of the Skeleton Coast. I had seen a documentary once about elephants who live along this section of the coastline that are known to frolic in the ocean (another image that just lifts my mood even more). It was always a dream to try and see these elephants (nearly impossible), so I tried to get as close as I could to at least to see where the Namib Desert meets the Atlantic Ocean. Watching the entire process of inflating the balloon, piling in, feeling like I was on top of the world, jumping out after an unnerving landing, and coming together to pack up the balloon was so much fun! It left our entire group giddy from the experience as you can see below.

Inflating the balloon.

Who knew I was so artsy?

There's the morning fog rolling up over the dunes, and beyond, the ocean...

On our way down, pleading to stay up just a little longer.

Warning: balloon landings are not smooth.

We all had to pile onto the bag so it would close, so fun!

What experience or image uplifts your mood?


10 comments on “Hot Air Ballooning in Swakopmund – Namibia

  1. travelerlynne
    June 5, 2012

    We rode a hot air balloon over the Serengeti. My bucket list experience. I call it “my magic carpet ride.” I can see where this experience lifted your sodden mood…floating or soaring has a way of doing that. Your photos are great!

  2. Tricia A. Mitchell
    April 22, 2012

    Gorgeous photography! The stark nature of the desert is enhanced so beautifully by the vibrant balloon. I also like the Corrie Ten Boom quote you’ve included.

    My husband and I rode on a hot air balloon while in the Loire Valley last year. We definitely had butterflies in our stomach prior to take-off, but loved the sensation of the basket practically kissing the treetops.

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  4. Barbra & Jack Donachy
    March 24, 2012

    Wow – what a cool experience! Gorgeous photos, too.

    • Wanderlustress
      March 25, 2012

      Thank you! I love that wall map you found but we move around too much to have one.

  5. longrunner
    March 14, 2012

    Some great photos in there!

  6. mulrickillion
    March 13, 2012

    Good grief. You are indeed the brave of heart. As for me, I am the faint of heart, who would always be wondering about equipment failure in a foreign country. Otherwise, and most sincerely, kudos to you!… Excellent 🙂

    • Wanderlustress
      March 13, 2012

      I can understand, but remember this:

      “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” – Boom, Corrie Ten

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