Hot Air Ballooning in Vermont

Jack RygerThere is a reason why so many people travel to Vermont to go on one of their breathtaking hot air balloon rides – it’s simply amazing. It is not just a ride or a flight, it is a life changing experience that you will never forget.

I had the pleasure of taking a hot air balloon ride recently with Balloon Vermont and it was definitely a memory that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Your experience at Balloon Vermont will include and is certainly not limited to everything from the anticipation and excitement before your balloon flight, to the wonder and awe that comes during the actual ride itself, followed by the pleasure that overwhelms you during the post flight toast as you reminisce over your amazing experience.

During any of the balloon flights that you take with Balloon Vermont, you will discover many of the spectacular sights that Vermont has to offer. The beauty and majesty of Vermont in the fall is something that I highly recommend you see for yourself.

From the rolling foothills of the gorgeous Green Mountains with the sparkling shores of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks in view to the west, being in the balloon feels like you are soaring through the most beautiful watercolor painting that you have ever seen. You may also catch a glimpse of your colorful balloon reflection in a mountain stream or pond.

You can even see animals from up in your balloon such as White Tailed deer, Grey Hawks, busy beavers, Blue Herons, black bears, wild turkeys, and even the ever elusive moose!Jack Ryger

When you land, they will bring you to a variety of destinations including but not limited to backyard BBQs, cow pastures, open parking lots to the city streets of Vermont.

Balloon Vermont also offers personal tours once your flight has concluded of working Vermont farmhouses, where you are greeted by a playground full of amazed school children, and might even get invited onto a porch to drink champagne out of the land owner’s finest crystal.

Now go and enjoy the ride of a lifetime before the vibrant colors of Fall fade away into winter!

Creative Charities for Animals

Giving to charity has always been seen as an act of generosity and compassion. It is looked at as being responsible and extremely caring. Many people donate money to charities that have a mission that they hold close to them. Others will contribute their time to charity by completing volunteer work. However, in today’s world, with so many different kinds and types of charities at our fingertips, choosing the one or ones that we want to support can become a bit overwhelming.

This list represents charities who are not only focused on helping animals, but who are also trying to step outside of the box and take a more creative approach to the world of charities.

Jack D. Ryger: Pilots n PawsPilots N Paws – The Pilots N Paws site is intended to be a meeting place for those who rescue, shelter or foster animals, and volunteer pilots and plane owners willing to assist with the transportation of animals. Through the discussion board, foster parents and animal rescuers can connect publicly with pilots so they can set up the transport of each animal, as well as share all the necessary information to successfully accomplish each transport. This open communication platform allows other volunteers to offer their help if they see it may be needed to save an animal.

Creative Artists and Rescue AnimalsCreative Rescue was created from the passion that two women share for rescue animals. Their mission is to utilize non-profit arts organizations to create products, with the proceeds of their sales benefiting animal rescue groups.

Free Kibble– Free Kibble is a website that was created by an 11 year old girl named Mimi, who wanted to feed the homeless pets at her local shelter. When you visit the site, you are asked a multiple choice question, and regardless of if you are right or wrong, you win! All you have to do to help provide food to animals who need it is click on an answer. Every day you click, Free Kibble will provide food to animal shelters to help feed their hungry dogs and cats.

The Providence Animal Rescue League– The Providence Animal Rescue League is a non profit animal rescue center who knows that there are lots of kids out there that care about the animals in our community. That is why they decided to create PARL Kids, a way to involve children who want to help support the animal rescue community. PARL Kids is a resource where children can come look for ideas to help animals in their community or even their personal pets. From creative art projects to fundraising ideas, thanks to PARL, kids are now able to involve themselves in the world of charity all on their own.