Romantic San Diego Hot Air Balloon Ride Has Unexpected Landing – VIDEO
A wedding party was in for an unexpected ride in a hot air balloon the other night here in Southern California. Instead of floating over beautiful San Diego north county they had to make an unplanned landing in Sorrento Valley. Did I mention that they were getting married during the ride?
“We had an awesome experience, that was fun,” said groom, Ruben Mendoza.
Moments after the newlyweds said their “I do’s” trouble was in the air.
“We didn’t feel like we were in any danger, we were just slow in the balloon. It was fun, it was fun,” said the bride’s father, Curtis Kam.
After Ruben and Sequoia Mendoza said their vows the pilot of Magical Adventures says the north wind gave up and they were heading further south than he wanted. [760KFMB]
The pilot of the balloon said that the wind turned right after the couple said their vows, and he had to make a decision on where there would be a safe place to land.
“At some point I had to make a decision do I continue into the Penasquitos Canyon Preserve which all the passengers and equipment would have to be physically removed by hand like them hiking out and carrying out equipment,” said Brandt.
Before the basket landing the pilot clipped a tree, “We hit the tree harder than the landing,” said Kam. “The tree helped us and when we landed it was pretty soft.”
Brandt says he intentionally hit the tree for a softer landing that placed them in the northbound lane of Lusk Boulevard just north of Mira Mesa Boulevard.
That is quite the story to tell all of your friends. Not only did they get married in the balloon but then it was an adventure that ended up on every news channel in the San Diego area. Who needs a videographer when you have a news crew! Watch the video of the hot air balloon over Sorrento Valley below.