This is sort of like Goodyear Blimp pilots, but on a smaller scale. Brooke Owen is a chief hot air balloon pilot for Rainbow Ryders, a balloon company in New Mexico.
What Owen enjoys most are the tranquility and unpredictability of the journey. “Wherever the wind blows, that’s where you’re going,” he says.
Click through for the info on the gear shown in the picture, including a good ol’ Garmin GPS that Owen uses to help with navigation.