Lake Tahoe ballooning – one way to escape the madding crowds.

There’s now a very new and novel way to see Lake Tahoe sights: by a water-launched hot-air balloon.  According to this SF Chronicle piece, Lake Tahoe – far from the crowded shore,  Lake Tahoe is home to the world’s only water-borne balloon launching operation, Lake Tahoe Balloons, and ballon-launching aircraft carrier:

 

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Departing from Tahoe Keys Marina the tethered balloon ride rises to an altitude of 10,000 feet, about 4000 feet above the lake surface.   Cost is $295 per person.