I have never gone up in a hot air balloon but when I was growing up a few landed in my uncle’s field. While we used Bristol England as a base for day trips by rail in August 2005 we were able to view many beautiful balloons floating through the sky. It turns out that Bristol hosts an International Balloon Fiesta each August. 2012 is their 34th year.
It would be hard to be have to decide between being deaf or blind. Most of the time I think I would select being blind because I can not imagine giving up the ability to converse or listen to music. Yet when I look back at pictures, especially pictures with a riot of colors like the one below, I know I would miss seeing such sights.