We got picked up super early, because they have to drive around to find the right wind conditions somewhere they can set up.
Blowing up the balloon ... first with a giant fan, then start the "hot air" bit.
After they're done inflating the balloon, they set it upright and we got in. The basket is actually compartmentalized and each compartment fits 2-3 people. I guess that makes sense, they don't want you running around all over while flying? Perhaps there are other reasons for them, but regardless, there's not much room to move around.
With where we took, one of the first sights was the orange grove. At one point we got so low that the basket grazed the top of the trees and you can smell the wonderful citrus.
I wasn't expecting so many balloons up in the air! But I guess a lot of people want to see the beautiful sunrise from up in the air.
During the ride you'll see a lot of vineyards and wineries, along with some local homes. At one winery and inn near the end of the trip, we got low enough I can smell them cooking bacon!
Disclaimer: The press trip was hosted by Temecula CVB and the Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association