I had the unique and wonderful experience of riding in a hot air balloon Friday at the Plano Balloon Festival. It was exhilarating! I will never forget it. 1. Taking Off 2. Our Pilot, Wayne 3. The view was spectacular 4. Little kids chased us, totally unaware that there was a crowd of balloons after us 5. Wayne at the helm 6. Landing is a little different then I thought it would be. You land pretty hard and then get dragged for a bit.