Adam Eakle of KSL Channel 5’s, KSL Outdoors, came to experience the 15th Annual Bluff International Balloon Festival and see what all the hot air was about. Eakle flew in a balloon piloted by Ric Simon. Simon and his wife, Jodi, have flown the Bluff balloon festival for many years. Although they have flown in larger festivals with many hundreds of balloons, the Simons appreciate and prefer smaller festivals like Bluff’s.
Eakle also had an opportunity to hike with Vaughn Hadenfeldt of Far Out Expeditions in Bluff. Vaughn has spent decades hiking the backcountry exploring Ancestral Puebloan archeological sites. Because he has an archeological background, the hikes also have an interesting, educational component. According to Hadenfeldt, the area surrounding Bluff is smack in the middle of the world’s greatest outdoor museum.
See the KSL Outdoors video and experience Adam Eakle’s balloon flight over Bluff, and his backcountry hike with Vaughn.?sid=23884954&nid=1112&title=ksl-outdoors-southern-utah-hot-air-balloon-festival