Hot air balloon company offers stunning views of Gallatin Valley
BOZEMAN, Mont. - A new company in town is offering a different way to see the Gallatin Valley, by hot air ballooning.
"The balloon is very slow and peaceful," said Brittany Graham, a co-owner of Endeavor Ballooning.
In the open sky nearly 3,000 feet above ground, Brittany and Colin Graham offer residents and tourists a unique experience.
The couple have owned Endeavor Ballooning for 15 years, but moved to Bozeman from Arizona just a few weeks ago, because of the area's summer weather and beauty.
"Weather in Bozeman, while remaining incredibly cool and beautiful in the summer time, has a micro-climate because of the valley," Brittany Graham explained.
They showed NBC Montana what it takes to run a hot air balloon business. The two start their day at 6 a.m. sharp, filling up the balloon with hot air.
"The way a hot air balloon works, scientifically, is that the air inside the balloon has to be hotter than the outer temperatures," Graham said.
It takes about 15 minutes to blow the balloon up with air.
"You see the ground move away and then once you're 2,500 feet in the air, it's completely peaceful with a view of the mountains the sunrise," she said.
From the air you can see a panoramic view of the Gallatin Valley, from the Bridgers, to downtown, to busy 19th Avenue.
While the height may be intimidating, Graham explained, "It's the safest form of flight. It's actually the oldest form of flight as well."
The Grahams say their favorite part of the job isn't the balloon ride itself.
"I love to get to know the people and show them their home town in a way they've never seen it before," Graham said.
To learn more about Endeavor Ballooning, visit http://www.montanaballoon.com