Seeing the Sights at Great Heights with Traverse City Balloon Tours
Everyone has that running list of things they want to do or accomplish in life… Maybe it’s chasing after that dream job or maybe it’s something a little more adventurous— like taking a trip in a hot air balloon.
For local hot air balloon pilot and owner of Traverse City Balloon Tours, Jeff Gilles, this is his office… “I’ve done about 6,000 flights,” says Gilles. That’s because he’s been flying for as long as he can remember. “My parents started flying when I was a little kid. I was 4 or 5 years old. I would say about the time I was 10 or so I was definitely telling my teachers that I was going to be a balloon pilot,” explains Gilles.
Jeff and his wife Julie are living and breathing adventure since they met 21 years ago. Julie Gilles says, “I never expected this lifestyle that kind of fell into my hands. I actually never even wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride until I met Jeff.”
They’ve traveled all over the world to some of the most spectacular places— all while taking the view in from thousands of feet up. They’ve flown in Australia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Japan, Tanzania, and about 35 states here in America.
If you’re hoping to join Jeff with Traverse City Balloon Tours, there’s one requirement… You need to enjoy the ride and go where the wind takes you! “You don’t know where you’re going, you don’t know how you’re going to get there exactly and you don’t know what time you’re going to get there,” explains Jeff.
If you are interested in learning more or joining Traverse City Balloon Tours for a flight yet this summer/fall, click here.