Hot Air Ballooning
Hot air ballooning in Cappadocia is one of those quintessential things almost everyone does when they visit Turkey. If they do not do it it was definitely on their list of things to do. It is an area people are drawn to because of the advanced physiognomy of the landscape and it is what makes hot air ballooning in Cappadocia such a special and surreal experience. It is a landscape unlike any I have ever witnessed. The caves dug into these sharp jagged points just rising straight out of the ground are unimaginable. So much so that they used part of this landscape and these caves in one of the original star wars movies. Walking through these areas is amazing but the exploration of them by air is something else all together. Watching the shadows cast by this harsh jagged landscape as the sun passes over the horizon for the start of the day is something I never could have imagined.
The noise and heat that comes from the burner as they fill the ballon is crazy.
The landing is fully scary, you have no idea how they are going to direct such a giant thing into a tiny little trailer and I was sure we were going to flip.