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July 29, 2013

Hi Brian and Laurie, We would like to thank you and your staff for a wonderful experience in our first balloon flight ever. We are now aeronauts. Thanks go out to all of your staff as well. They all did a wonderful job. Have a great day and may God bless all of you and keep you safe.

Thanks again, John and Nancee

Xenia, Oh

July 17, 2013

After mother nature delayed my hot air balloon ride 3 times, the 4th time was DEFINITELY worth the wait. What an AWESOME experience I ended up having and Pilot Brian and his crew were terrific! Gentle Breeze also did a great job of involving my family in the launch and retrieval process and they had a great time too. I can check this off my bucket list and I thank Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloons for making it a memory I will never forget! I absolutely recommend Gentle Breeze Hot Air Balloon Company, LTD!!

Dan B

Florence, KY

October 26, 2012

Hi Laurie:  We received the first photo.  It is ok to send the second photo.

We enjoyed the ride very ;much.  Everyone I have told will ask me if it was bumpy.  I just tell them that we had a great pilot!  :>)

Ginny & Larry K

Cincinnati, Ohio

October 24, 2012

Thank YOU, Laurie!  

We'll be back!

Crystal H

Cincinnati, Ohio

October 11, 2012

Hello Alan.   Just want to say thanks for sending these beautiful pictures.  We are enjoying looking at them.  God sure paints a beautiful picture, doesn’t He?   It was great meeting you & the rest of the gang.    Maybe we’ll meet again someday.    Best wishes,  

Roger & Gerry Webber 

Windsor Ontario

October 7, 2012

Hi Laurie,

It was fantastic, I loved it,  we all had a great time!!!    I hope to do it again next year!!!



Clermont County, OH

October 2, 2012

 Hi Brian 

Al K here thanks for landing in our neighborhood we love you guys, and your always welcome. I just happened to be practicing with my A5 and ne GoPro cam when you were landing and wanted to share the video with you. It wasn't perfect on my part but i have never had the opportunity to video from that perspective. About safety i have been Flying for nearly 30 years now and have my commercial ticket although not current i had you and your folks best interest in heart.

Have a great weekend 

Big Al

Lebanon, OH

September 30, 2012


Thank you again for taking such good care of the boys today..  They told us they had a great time and it was the best time that they had ever had, they will remember it forever..

I will definitely try to get people to come get rides…

Jan G

Dayton, OH

September 13, 2012

Hi Laurie,

What a beautiful evening it was Tuesday night and please thank Brian, from my High Flying Gang, for a nice balloon ride...the landing was amazing!!  

Also, a BIG thank you to you for all your help in getting us off the ground...I really appreciated all your assistance and it has been super working with you.

Thank you again, take care.

Debbie M

Columbus, OH

September 5, 2012

Hello Laurie.  

Just wanted to thank you and all the crew for a wonderful Balloon ride.  Thank you for getting it set up for that Tuesday evening so I could go with all my girls and grandkids there to enjoy.  It was great fun!!  Thanks again.

Diane G


August 28, 2012

Dear Laurie & Brian,

“Good things come to those who wait,” isn’t an adequate description for, not only our flight on Friday, but our entire experience with your company. Laurie, you could not have been more understanding, flexible, accommodating, and a pleasure to deal with when it came to scheduling – and rescheduling – our flight. Brian, you are a true master of your craft and provided the perfect mix of fun facts, conversation, and “audience” participation. Plus, from my husband’s initial observation, you totally look like Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man!


I also appreciate your letting my parents tag along as “chasers” and participate in the champagne toast. They were just beside themselves excited about sharing in our experience.

We have already, and will continue, to recommend your company to anyone and everyone. We certainly hope our paths can cross again.

Thanks to you and your company.  We had a great time.

Take care,

Holly C

Lexington, KY

August 19, 2012

Everything was amazing; we had a great time and really appreciate your passion for piloting hot air balloons. For me it was truly inspiring, floating silently through the air was a real rush. I loved every minute of it! Vanessa and I are actually interested in working as crew, please let me know if you have any opportunity because we would jump all over it. 

It was great to meet you and we look forward to ballooning with you again!

Robert C

Dayton, OH

July 16, 2012

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July 16, 2012

At the close of this tenth Mid USA Ohio Challenge the Middletown Convention and Visitor Bureau Board of Directors would like to express their sincere thanks to The Ohio Challenge for continuing to bring this quality event to the City of Middletown Ohio. The countless long hours of organizing and volunteering have once again paid off. It has not gone unnoticed. We all thank you for keeping this event going strong for the last 10 years. The Middletown CVB continues to sponsor the event because it is a very positive and good event for everyone.

As President of the MCVB Board I also write to you today to personally thank you, the Balloonist, for coming to Middletown and bringing your passion for the sport of ballooning and sharing it with all of us. I've been simply overwhelmed by the kindness, encouragement and generosity displayed by the pilots, crew, committee members and enthusiasts. Friday, at the opening of the event, I had the opportunity to share a few hours with one of the pilots, his family and crew. I watched and listened to many of the pilots and crew surrounding us and saw how you are competitors yet you are like one big happy family. Looking out for each other and making sure every one is safe. You did not get much flying in but you still thrilled the crowds with your balloon glow. That glow will stay in the hearts of the residents and visitors you brought to our town for a long time.

The Middletown CVB slogan is: From heads in beds to feet in the street - promoting people, pride, and progress. The Mid USA Ohio Challenge helps do all that and more.

Thank you again to the Executive Committee, Volunteers, Balloonists and Crews. We at the MCVB will be looking forward, and to the skies for your return in 2013.

Have a great summer.

Best regards,

Linda M, President

Middletown Convention and Visitor Bureau

Middletown, OH

June 26, 2012

Thanks. It was so neat!

Mary S

Cincinnati, OH

June 2
4, 2012


I thought you and Brian might like to see where our pilot landed us……..  Right on the corner of “Trapp” lane!

Jim thought you might like to see evidence………

Phil K

Cincinnati, OH 

June 20, 2012


thanks the pic is great and the ride was great fun, thanks to all of your staff.  I hope you can reply to the one question I have that the pilot did not answer.  About how high in the sky were we ballooning at? thanks,

Les S

Dayton, OH

June 20, 2012

Hey, Greg from the golf course here.... what exactly are you talking about? I gave you a roll of ones...right? just kiddin ! it was the least we could do. the generosity of mike and the skill you demonstrated today was awesome! I mean, I saw that a girl was gunna be the pilot and thought.. we were sure to die! but we didn’t!!! just kidding !! but seriously, it was a great experience and you made everyone's day. (but I guess you here that a lot) I guess that’s it except that we did make it to bunkers. I had the steak and eggs, David had a Denver omelet, Gina had some sorta egg dish and mia had a egg and ham hot shot. I knew you would be wondering about that. I guess that’s it... thanks again and take it easy. and, by the way... my offer for a round of golf with a cart still stands. so, don’t be shy about takin me up on it.

see ya...

Greg R

Dayton, OH

May 26, 2012

Thank you so much for the image and the memorable experience.  I'll be sure to check out FaceBook!


West Chester, OH

May 20, 2012

Hello Laurie,

I wanted to let you and everyone else know that we had a great time on our flight. I also have video of the WWII plane fly by and am still trying to put it in a format that I can send to you.(It's on my cell phone).  I'll keep working on it.

Thanks, Phil K

Troy, OH

May 20, 2012

Thank you, Laurie! Great photo and great time!


Miritt C

Covington, KY

May 12, 2012

Laurie – Just a note to tell you how terrific the birthday/bucket list ride was last Saturday.  Brian entertained us all the while keeping an eye on everything possible!  The launch was

super, but the “parking in the park” was the best.  It was awesome, many thanks – I’ll be recommending you whenever possible! 

Dee B

Dayton, OH 


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