Over the years - several of our clients have commented on their
7-3-16 balloon ride:
Dear Johnny, My wife Erika and I had a wonderful time on the ride yesterday. The whole package was enthralling, educational and very entertaining. Quite an experience! We also enjoyed meeting and enjoying Jeanne's company.
Warmest regards, Steve & Erika
Hello my friends!
Sorry it has taken so long for me to compose a video of our wonderful morning a few weeks back...
i guess life gets in the way when we get home from vacation! In the meantime, it was super fun to spend time with you all in new mexico... and making this video brought LOTS of smiles to my face.
So please enjoy my little 3 minute compilation....
Thanks again, and who knows, maybe we will run into each other again down the line!
lots of love
Kelly & Alice
We have now returned to England after our 3 week tour of the South West.
Our flight with Santa Fe Balloons was one of the highlights of our trip that took in 4 national parks, numerous state parks and national monuments, some great hiking, 2500 miles and meeting some great people from all over the U.S.
We are planning to return in 2 or 3 years time and aim to fly with you again.
All the best, Jon and Terri
p.s.Jeannie's recommendation for dinner was spot on and Sol really did land the balloon in the middle of the road!
Subject: Ultimate Ride
Just wanted to thank you again for making my first hot air balloon ride unforgettable.
I really enjoyed talking with you and hope to see your continuing "EXTREME RIDES" on the Discovery station in the future.
Thanks again to you and your entire crew.
Subject: Hot blondes
Johnny - As promised, you do look like a proper stud!
Thanks for the hospitality and Good luck with the show!
Best wishes - Benjamin
Hey Johnny -
Thank you so much for the wonderful ballooning experience you created for us.
Jeanne and your support staff were terrific.
This will be, without a doubt, an amazing memory that we will all cherish forever. Heck, we might even try to elaborate on some of your already great jokes as time goes on.
Best Wishes and Gentle Winds Always,
Gary and Lynn
Johnny - we wanted to send you a note to again say thanks for such a great experience last Friday! It was so cool that you all still did the ride even though it was just the two of us. You have a great team and they really did make us feel welcome and very comfortable. We couldn't have asked for a better 1st time balloon experience.
You guys made our 15th anniversary a very
Please pass on our thanks to the gang!
And I'll always remember the 2 rules.
1) Johnny doesn't get hurt and
2) Johnny doesn't hike!
. . . Classic!!!
Thanks again (and hopefully we'll bring our kids to do it next time)
Chris & Claire
Johnny and gang,
We want to wish you all the best for your upcoming season.
Alice, Don, Robin and Chris - North Carolina and Virginia
Thank you so much for the amazing experience!
We cannot wait to come back with our girls.
Francine and Todd
"Up, Up & Away" Oct 26, 2013
The air was crisp and clean, cool and calm, just like our balloon Pilot, Johnny Lewis. We had done our homework and picked the right balloon company.
Five out of six of my girlfriends decided they would brave the balloon adventure with Santa Fe Balloon Company while the sixth remained on the ground and became part of the chase team. None of them regretted their choice!! It was a SPECTACULAR and PEACEFUL floating experience over beautiful terrain, ranging from the sage-covered plains with a giant jackrabbit bounding ahead of us and the dried riverbeds (arroyos), to our dip into a gorgeous box canyon to catch a glimpse of a coyote scaling up the ridge.
The crew, including Jeannie, Sol, Mark and Fabian, all did a great job of doing their jobs,filling the balloon (while we captured pictures), and anchoring the balloon when we descended. Earlier that morning, 6:00 AM, Jeannie had shuttled our group to the launch site and after we landed, she set up a lovely little champagne experience with snacks.
But, the man who deserves the greatest accolades is Johnny Lewis, the weather-worn, cowboy-hat-wearing, gray-mane-flowing expert in the air! Johnny exuded confidence and charm, all backed up by 50 years experience in flying balloons and 8,000 hours in the air!
We all agreed that this was an EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME and we'd all do it again.
Thank you Johnny and Crew from your Alabama Girls!!
Johnny, You took my wife and me (Anita & Hamil) on a balloon ride last Wednesday morning, just before the windy, rainy storm rolled through the following day. If you recall, we had flown from Virginia to attend the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and came to visit Santa Fe for several days.
I am writing to let you know how much we enjoyed the experience and appreciate the effort both you & your crew put into making the ride so memorable. Everything was top-notch... from the pick up at the Hilton @ Buffalo Thunder, the unloading & balloon inflation, the ride itself, to landing and subsequent pack up. Plus, the champagne "brunch" at the end was a nice surprise. And... as I mentioned last Wednesday, I especially appreciated your attention to detail and explanation of the unfolding events. My wife confessed as you were dropping us off at the Hilton that she has her private pilot's license, so she was much more aware of what was going on than me.
If we visit the Santa Fe area again, we'll be sure to come for another ride. We've already told others of our great experience & are recommending you to everyone we can. Thanks again for creating such pleasant memories. It was the highlight of our trip to New Mexico. - Hamil
P.S. - Are you sure your name is Johnny Lewis? You look very much like Patrick Simmons, a member of the Doobie Brothers.
The Highlight of our vacation!
We are back home in the SF Bay area and had to write you to let you know how wonderful our time spent with you and your wonderful crew was for both of us.
The time we spent with you, Marlene, and Marc on our balloon ride was the highlight of our vacation!
I am so glad we didn't cancel due to the predicted thunderstorms.
Without a doubt, this was the most amazing birthday I have ever had and the memories of our ride, company with you and the crew, and the special birthday song by Marlene was more than we could have ever imagined!
And the ride was amazing!
On top of that, your company and stories, the opportunity to be engaged in the take off, flight, and landing, Marlene's special touch (and her beautiful spanish song), and the overall time we had together was a bonus and special touch that was beyond our wildest expectations!
A special memory all the way around that will not be soon forgotten.
And we extend the invite to you that you extended to us; should you ever be in our area and need some assistance, don't hesitate to call; we would love your company!
Sincerely - Jerry and Anne
Thanks for the ride!
We thoroughly enjoyed our ride on our 32nd anniversary. You and Jeanne made it very special. I hope we can come back sometime and do it again.
Say hi to Sol.
Take care - Mike and Eva.
P.S. Next time, maybe I'll drive the whole way.
Wendy Reeves from Alabama here. Sorry it's taken so long to write. I was telling someone about you today and just sent them some photos from our balloon ride on July 21. They are out that way from time to time,so they'll probably call you next time they head that way.
We had SO much fun on our ride. It was definitely the highlight of our trip to New Mexico. We really had no idea what to expect, but you and your staff made it so much more than just a balloon ride. You feel like old friends and we will never forget y'all – or the experience. I hope we can come back and ride again someday!
So, I'm attaching the photo of Jerome in the sky. (Forgive me if I got him and Jesse confused, but I think it was Jerome.) Hopefully you can get it to him. I have more if he wants them, and I got some great shots. I would send them to you right now, but I'm sure you have more photos than you have space to store them.
I hope they get your movie situated. If anyone has a life story deserving of a movie, it's you. Living your life's dream is the the most awesome thing anyone can do!! And Sandi and I both are just so glad that we picked the perfect person/team for our adventure. And yes, the other girls were jealous when we told them how much fun it was and showed them the photos. Their loss! Oh, and we never made it to Taos. We wound up at the market and shopping - well enjoying the galleries on Canyon Road.
Thanks again for everything!
Debra and I are back home in Delaware.
We wanted to thank you for a great experience.
Looking at the weather the last few days... it looked a bit windy.... hopefully you were able to fly.
If you ever need a crew member, give me a call.
We did get to Bobcat Bites.... Outstanding!!!!
Again, thank you for a memorable experience. John and Debra
Johnny - We want to wish you the best for the new season. We would love to be coming to Santa Fe to fly with you again. Maybe next year. Give everyone our regards and thanks again for a great flight. Don, Alice, Robin and Chris Corolla, NC.
We had a wonderful ride (it took two days because of weather); however, we are ever so glad Johnny is conscientious of which way the wind is blowing. A lifetime experience for our 14 year old Samantha and I can now talk with my husband and understand his experiences with a hot air balloon while filming an ad for GTE (Verizon) a number of years ago. We will leave very positive comments for you on Trip Advisor. Our very best now and in the future. Sincerely, Jean & Samantha
Johnny -- Thank you so much for a once in a lifetime experience! You run a first class operation and I am extremely happy that I didn't coward out of stepping into your basket. It was remarkable! I also enjoyed your company. Your conversation and willingness to point out any interesting sites on the drive back into town was very considerate and much appreciated. -- Jeannie C.
Johnny -- Wanted to say thanks again for the great time my wife, Melanie, and I had ballooning with you this past August! It truly was a blast, especially with the stronger wind, and we plan to do it again next year when we come back to Glorieta!! Hope the house is coming along well in Leakey! We will give you a call the next time we are in the area! -- Jamey J.
Johnny -- This is a belated -- but ethusiastic -- thank you for the amazing experience you allowed us to share with you last month. While all aspects of our trip to New Mexico were eye opening, my wife and I agree that the balloon ride was truly unique and memorable. Having the opportunity to not only enjoy the incredible ride, but also see (and even participate a little) in the pre and post flight activities made the whole thing even better. I would add that there are few people for whom I would get up at 5:00 AM in the morning on two consecutive days, but you are in that category. I enjoyed all of our discussions (even the political ones). Oh, and by the way, Bobcat Bite DOES make the best hamburgers anywhere. Thanks again for a great time, and if you ever find yourself in Washington, drop me a line. -- Peter K.
Johnny, Jeanne, and Robert,
We're back to the real world now, but wanted to make time to write and tell you that our balloon ride last Wednesday was the highlight of our trip (and we packed a lot in last week)! It was enjoyable from start to finish; the sunrise was lovely, the conversation was engaging, the process of seeing the balloon inflating was fascinating, and of course the flight itself was simply wonderful! It meant so much to us to have the experience and to know we were in such good hands. And the extra touches -- Jeanne's musical interlude, Robert's expert use of my camera to record pictures and video, and the "champagne buffet" -- added so much to the whole experience. I'm attaching a few pictures -- take a look at the cloud in the middle of the desert picture. John and I both agree it looks just like a hot air balloon; what a great omen for our great morning! (If you'd like to include these comments and/or pictures on your web site, by all means, permission granted.) Thanks again, and happy flying, Emily and John
Hey Johnny, Robert and Marlene
We just wanted to thank you for an awesome time this morning. The balloon ride was spectacular and the whole experience was one of a lifetime. We will definately do it again when we visit next year. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and thanks doesn't say enough for the experience you gave us. I attached a special photo for you Johnny :)
Brightest Blessings, Marianne and Shawn
What a hoot of a good time we had on the ride. We are telling all of our friends that a ride with you is a must if they are in the Santa Fe area. It was so much fun and has been the talk of our trip since we returned to Louisiana. Kathy, Cheri, and I went to La Fonda for the dance evening. Sadly, by 6:30 we had had a drink and were almost to sleepy to drive home. That 4 a.m. rise and shine with no afternoon nap took its toll on us. Johnny, we will be back....ready for another ride and rested for the dancing. Please tell the crew hello for us and thanks for taking such good care of us. - Reba
I would like to thank you for an experience I will always remember. My hubby, brother-in-law and sis-in-law took our flight on Friday May 27th, along with the couple celebrating their 7th anniversary. I am the teacher who brought the fox stole, which you put on your hat while we took your picture with it. You said I was "YOUR FAVORITE"!
I am leaving for Ohio and I will be looking for a fox for YOUR hat!! Have a terrific summer and tell Jeanne we said HEY! - Deb
Johnny Lewis is a fun guy with so much knowledge and experience you know you are in good hands. He and his assistant were so nice that when we emailed them we would have loved to take a balloon ride but they werent open for another week - He took us anyway! He picked us up early in the morning in his truck and drove to the launch site. I never would have imagined the work that goes into these rides! We rode for an hour and he set it down like it was a feather on the exact spot he planned to.
His assistant Jeanie took pictures for us and then we all had a champagne toast afterwords, complete with a meat and cheese tray!
My daughters and I will never forget what a wonderful experience that was and Johnny and Jeanie make it extra special. Wonderful people who love what they do! Phoenix
Thank you soooo much for the amazing time we had with you and your crew! You made it such an experience we will never forget. I left you a review on Trip Advisor, not that you need any more good ones - but I just added to the other great times on there... We appreciate you and all the hard work you did to make it happen for us! One thing i learned is that it is a lot of work to get it out there and set up, you dont just hop in and go! Great times! ~Pam~
Here is a short SlideShow we made from photos one of our customers sent to us!
Mickey & I went to see the movie, Crazy Heart, and there you were. I think the whole theater knew you were in the movie when I yelled, "There's Johnny!"
Seeing you brought back a lot of memories of a wonderful opportunity. Thank you again for all you did to make one of my "Bucket List" moments so special. Becky
Dave and I just want to say thank you for an amazing balloon ride yesterday morning!!!! Not only are you quite the incredible balloon pilot but you are a character; a true storyteller and an absolute delight. You made our trip to Santa Fe! We will be sure to look you up on our next trip. Best of luck in the Caymans......make sure you DO land on that boat! All our best, Dave and Julie
The horses at Bishop's Lodge are great. No kidding. Well fed... well groomed... and obviously well-loved. Dave says you should be cross-marketing with Jeff, the wrangler.... and Dave knows.... he has helped many clients build bigger, more profitable businesses. What a day.... ballooning in the morning and horseback riding in the afternoon..... are you catching the cross-marketing opportunities?
Johnny, thanks again for the wonderful hot air balloon experience last week. One of the group members, Robbie Goodrich, is the chief editor of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel and she writes a weekly column for that paper. Thought you might be interested in seeing the article and that you made the headlines in the Oldest Town in Texas.
Best wishes, Gary
Liz and I wanted to thank you again for a great experience. If we make it through our bucket list one time we’ll definitely put you on the top of the list for another ride. I’d recommend it highly to anyone and it’s great fun when the pilot is just as special as the ride. If you ever get up to Maine, please look us up. Roger and Liz (The sheep people from Maine)
I wanted to thank you for the highlight of my vacation. My friend Cheryl and I (the Democrats from Philly) rode with you last Friday 9/24. I never realized how beautiful it could be just floating along such beautiful country in NM. I don't think I could ever fly with anyone else but YOU! You made my first trip in a hot air balloon truly memorable (the landing was smoother than on an airplane). Maybe one day we will take you up on that offer to visit NM during the Balloon festival and get the VIP experience. Thanks again and safe flying in the Caymen Islands this winter! Best, Patti
Dear Johnny and Debbie,
My son, Zach and I had a fabulous time Ballooning last Sunday morning. Our trip was both exciting and fun and Johnny surely knows how to handle his equipment. (I hope you have a sense of humor.) Anyway, it was our pleasure and we will surely tell all our friends about our experience. Please let us know if and when you come east to NYC or DC, as it would be fun to entertain you. Thanks again, Lina
Mike and I flew with you on Tuesday. We're home in Bend and want to let you know how much we enjoyed both our early mornings (Monday was a no fly) with you. Mike says it was his favorite adventure of our stay in Santa Fe and he's sharing your stories with everyone. Send me your address and I'll send you an Ian Tyson CD. Julie
WOW!!!! This past Tuesday my 14 year old daughter and I went on a balloon ride with Johnny! It was TOTALLY AMAZING!!!!! Johnny was wonderful and WAY FUN to meet!!!! A fantastic guy!!!! Have a blast at Grand Caymans!!!!!!! THANKS again for an AWESOME ride!!!! Lea and Haley - Wichita Falls, Tx.
Dear Johnny, Vic and I wanted to take the time to thank you for our incredible experience. Our wedding day could not have been more perfect. You, your crew, Kat, and Jane put everyone in the wedding party at ease. We could not have asked for more perfect weather or balloon ride. Thanks to amazing conditions, everyone had the opportunity to go up in the balloon. That meant so much to all of us! We will definitely be recommending you to our extended families, who are all interested in ballooning after seeing the pictures. And we will be back for anniversaries to come. Thank you again! Andrea and Vic
We were lucky enough to arrive early in the season to fly; just the 2 of us with Johnny. It was the best! Thanks again Johnny, Krystal & Kris for an amazing lifetime experience for the couple from Wisconsin. FIVE STARS! Thanks too for the hat advice, and for sharing stories with us about your ballooning experiences, Texas life etc. Hope your adventure over the Grand Canyon will be/was successful. Eric & Janet - Appleton, WI
Hey Johnny, I just wanted to thank you for making Mike's birthday celebration so terrific! We had such a great time up in your balloon on Saturday, and we know it was particularly wonderful because of you! Thank you for everything and for being you!!! Have a great week! Jorie
Dear Johnny, My husband and daughters talked me into our recent balloon ride in Santa Fe. I was very reluctant and not looking forward to it at all. I am so glad I mustered up the courage to go! It was a beautiful ride - tranquil and amazing. I should have known my husband would pick the best around. I felt safe and secure as you kept us posted at all times, letting us know how the balloon operated. Many thanks for a wonderful experience for all of us. Ronda
Hi, Thanks for an awesome ride this morning. I had a great time and can't wait until I can go on another ride. If I get back to Santa Fe, I will definitely go on another ride. Here is a photo of our group. Thanks again. Maria
Dear Jonny, Thank you so much for this wonderful experience, your German girls Jutta and Yasmin!!!
Johnny, My bride and I were going over a few photos from our last year's vacation, and came across those we took when you hoisted us up with our daughter in August. I have attached a few of those for your enjoyment. Additionally, I have spoken your praises to several of our friends in case they want to get a view of the heavens a little closer than normal.
But I am prompted to write because of more than just a pleasant memory. You certainly provided us with some of those. I certainly enjoyed hearing about your passion of flight throughout the world, as well as the Barrancas of New Mexico. Sarah, our daughter, still recites your rules of ballooning from memory, "Johnny doesn't walk", and "Johnny doesn't get hurt!" Simple and reassuring.
I hope you are well and have had another successful season. I further hope that perhaps this coming year, we can arrange a 2nd flight with you, even though I know there is the old superstition that the first is always the best.
Now if I can just get some of my bone-headed friends to fly with you, I wouldn't have to try to explain how special it is to ride in a balloon! I hope all your landings are scheduled. Thank you again for your gift. David
I have enclosed a couple of pictures taken from ballooning this past Saturday. I want to thank you and your crew. Taking a balloon flight has been something that I have wanted to do for some time, and I thought it would be a great thing to try while on my first trip to the Santa Fe area. The balloon flight itself was a wonderful experience, but you, Rick, Michael, and Mary made it the wonderful experience that it was. We truly enjoyed visiting with all of you and decided that things would not have been the same with another group. It was the highlight of our trip! Thank you for the great memories! Please pass along my thanks to your crew as well. Melissa - Houston, Tx.
Hi Debbie, My name is Jonna and I took a balloon ride in Santa Fe with Johnny on August 5th. We were the group of Texas women celebrating a birthday, that Johnny and crew will probably remember for a long time. We all were so impressed with the professionalism of everyone involved that I have raved to everyone here in Houston and hopefully will encourage some other adventurous souls to take to the skies. One of my neighbors is looking for a balloon company in St. Louis, Mo. for a birthday surprise and I thought I would check with you and Johnny to see if there is a company in that area that you could recommend. Any information that you might have to assist her in locating a safe, ballooning experience would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much, Jonna
Dear Jonna, Let me check with Johnny and some other resources and I will get back to you. Thank you for the rave review, I would like to take some of the credit for Johnny's enthusiasm for his job, but I can not. He is a special person and I am lucky to have him in my life. Debbie
Shalom Captain Johnny and Y'all!! We returned home to Jerusalem about 10 days ago from the US. We are still raving to all our friends and family about Capt'n Johnny and his smokin' balloon team! What a memorable experience!!. Ballooning with you was a highlight of our trip and laughing with you, sharing stories, (particularly the one about Egypt was just as fun). Anyway all of us in Israel give you a big shalom and look forward to flying with you again next summer. Give us a shout if the spirit moves you. Regards, Dan, Mikie, Talia and Arielle in Israel
Johnny & Rick, I just wanted to send you a personal thank you for our time spent with you and your crew this past week. This adventure was the highlight of our weekend spent in Santa Fe. We certainly enjoyed your knowledge, experience and history of Balloon flight. Thanks again for an awesome time, We truly enjoyed it. I also want to extend a personal invitation to you and your family in the event you find yourself in Arizona, please feel free to come stay a few days with us. We would love to have you. Thanks again. Sincerely, John & Beth
We took a balloon ride with Rocky on the 7th of this month and just had to write to say what a fabulous time we had. We have had balloon rides before - all great, but the over-all feel and the expertise of Rocky, Karen and the rest of the crew was unbelievable. I have not stopped thinking about it & I would recommend you to all - but hopefully we will be back to enjoy the friendship and ride again. On a down side we were disappointed that we didn't get to meet the two of you as emails and phone conversations were so enjoyable. Take care and keep up the good work! Marianne and Jack
Hi Johnny My big vacation with my sister (George-Anna) in New Mexico was made so special with a balloon ride with YOU and your company. It was my 70th Birthday present from me to me. I have had a balloon ride in my minds/eye for probably 50 of those years. I am so glad we found you for that ride. Yes, I would do it in a heart beat again.... but I think it would have to be with you and your crew. I still can not really describe that feeling of "floating on a cloud". I have been with my sister when she has tried other high adventures..., but she was so at ease with you. Thanks so much for such a wonderful "fly in the sky". Much success to a wonderful Man and his vision. Love ya, Veronika
Hi Johnny, Just wanted to say again what a wonderful time I had that Wednesday. Makes sitting at this desk even harder (particularly since having my pictures developed over the weekend)! Hope you, and all, are well. THANKS, one more time, for truly a "lifetime memory".
Hey Johnny, I just wanted to say HELLO and to let you know that you and I are forever friends. We had a great time with you and Rick & we are still laughing! I hope you are still having a wonderful time at the Balloon Fiesta even without Marie and me. Keep in touch, my friend. Love Ya, Sonya
Johnny, On behalf our seven person group who went ballooning with you last Saturday, I want to thank you for the incredible experience. The flying was fantastic but the hospitality shown by you and your crew was what made the trip so enjoyable . Regards, Roy
Hey Johnny, Karen & Rocky, We just wanted to thank you for one of the greatest experiences of a lifetime. We all had a blast, as I’m sure you heard. We can’t wait to go again and I personally would come back to N.M. just for that! You guys were sooooo nice and it was a pleasure meeting all of you. If you guys ever come to Florida let us know and we’ll take you boating. Sincerely, Kelli, Dana, Heather, Lisa, Tarah, Steve
Johnny, I just wanted to thank you again for such a wonderful day (October 1, 2006). Everyone that came from my office is still talking about the beautiful sights from the hot air balloon.
Johnny, Linda and I both wanted to tell you how impressed and excited we were over our balloon ride last week. Chelsea is still talking about it. We had such a fantastic time, Johnny, and both you and Mark were so kind to all three of us, not only in taking the photographs but posing for our shots, too.
We are planning on our October trip to Albuquerque and the Balloon Fiesta already! In fact, I'm not taking on any trial work for that weekend (October 8-9) or the following week (October 11-15) so we can be sure to have some time to spend taking another ride or two. Do we have the dates correct? I thought you mentioned that it was that weekend and the following week. It runs 10 days, I believe? Correct me if I'm wrong.
We also want to let Debbie know that she has the most intriguing, kind and polite husband one could ever wish for. Linda and I both want to extend our thanks to Johnny for treating us with such kindness and consideration. He was very understanding when we asked him to pose for photographs with us and our 12-year old granddaughter and spend an extraordinary amount of time explaining the operation of the balloon, signing his autograph for our brochures, and just showing us a great time.
I'm a retired NY police lieutenant, Debbie, spending my retirement doing consulting work (more than I really want to) so this three day getaway down to Santa Fe was a real treat for us. Johnny made it that much more memorable.
Take care, my friend! We wish you many "soft landings" and hope to see you again in a few months down in Albuquerque. Please let us know if we got the dates right and also a mailing address where we can send some photographs. Dave and Linda
Johnny, Thanks again for a wonderful experience ballooning with you and Mark. Later in the day Renee' said something to me that I think you will be interested in. She said "You know dad, people like Johnny make me proud to be a Texan! Thanks again. Hope to do it again with you sometime. Jim