Middle Age Crisis? Skip the sports car, get a balloon and a hot tub. That's the solution empty-nesters Ken and Penny Levesque of Swanton, Vermont found works.
Ken is a top-secret government agent during the week, and an enthusiastic balloon pilot off-duty. He'll be flying their balloon, The Dreammaker, for your adventure of a lifetime. The balloon has a rainbow-colored top and black bottom.
Penny is the crew chief. She's always happy and friendly, and has a perpetually bemused smile as a result of watching Ken. Together, they'll guide you through the sky and safely back on to the ground with smiles and stories to tell all.
ps. don't ask Ken about his day job. He could tell you, but then....
My 1st hot air balloon ride was in 2001 at a NJ balloon festival when I was crewing for Ron Martin from Florida . The very next day I searched out to find the FAA to became a student hot air balloon pilot. At this time I work a full time job and fly 35 to 50 flights per year flying as pilot and co-owner of U-Ken-Do Ballooning.
I fly mostly in Vermont, Massachusetts, and upper New York as a commercial pilot and instructor.
My wife Penny and I do several benefits each year for local churches, Make-a-Wish, Boy and Girl scouts, the Young Eagles, and a special camp for kids with cancer called Kamp Ta-kum-ta . The very best reason to become a hot air balloon pilot or crewmember is for the simple reason ballooning makes people smile. Ballooning is a sport that everyone loves from very young to 80 plus years old. This is why we named our balloon “The Dream Maker”. Hope you'll come out and see us. Even if it is just to see what ballooning is all about. So pack the camera, and bring your whole family out to see us. We'd love to meet you.