Up, up and away in Alabama

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 10:05 AM.

that God has joined you in your laughter

and He has set you gently back again

into the loving arms of Mother Earth.


If hot air ballooning is on your bucket list, then making memories is just a day trip away in the Gulf Shores region of Magnolia Springs, Alabama.

Baldwin County native Tommy Rache, an FAA-licensed pilot, and owner of Taking Off Hot Air Balloon Company, will guide you on this humbling adventure, accented by awesome views of the surrounding Mobile Bay, hawks flying high below you and lush working countryside that you won’t forget for a lifetime.

Rachel puts the safety of flights first, and since ballooning is extremely weather-dependent, morning trips ground by 9:30 a.m. and evening flights take off three hours before sunset, when winds are less than 10 miles-per-hour, year-round. Because summer can be hazy, it’s worth waiting for a good winter day, especially if it turns out to be one of 10 per year clear enough to see Dauphin Island, Pelican Bay and Florida, Mississippi, and Alabama. Sights also include the freshwater Lake Shelby, separated from the Gulf by a narrow strip of sand.

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