Colin's ballooning journey began in 1986 when a local balloonist flew over his house in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Needing little encouragement, he took off after it and the rest is pretty much history. His parents found him a few hours later in a field pointing at the sky and yelling "Balloon!"
Okay, so that last bit is a little fictional, but you get the idea. He spent the next decade and a half yelling "balloon!", trying to inflate garbage bags with hair dryers, crewing for any pilot that would let him, and attending rallies.
In 1997, he began formal training as a pilot and earned his license two years later. In 2001, he opened Endeavor Ballooning after becoming a Federally Certified Commerical Pilot with balloon, airplane and instrument ratings. Since then he has logged over 2400 hours in the air flying throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, New Zealand and Japan!
"My mother made me do it!" is what you're likely to hear if you ask Deb how she became involved in ballooning. And, after waking up to the sound of a balloon overhead one morning, that's what she's been doing since 1993.
Debbi is an FAA certified balloon pilot and has flown throughout the western United States including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming. Two decades later she still loves piloting gentle giants into the skies and sharing the joys of the sport with young and old alike.
Brittany joined Team Endeavor shortly after a chance encounter in a bookstore with our senior pilot in January 2011 and they were married in June 2012 in Crested Butte, Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of Science and Arts Oklahoma and a certified American Sign Language instructor. When you first make contact with Team Endeavor chances are you'll be speaking to her, and on mornings when she's present, you'll find her snapping photographs and tending to things on the ground.
At Endeavor Ballooning it is our mission to not just take you on a balloon ride, but to make sure that you experience a truly top notch adventure. To that end we call upon the best and the brightest in the ballooning community and are proud to present them here...
Madilyn, or "Moo Puppy" as she is affectionately known by a good many people, is Colin's beloved English Cocker Spaniel who has accompanied him on adventures throughout the United States. Now in her thirteenth year on God's green earth she routinely takes a nap in the truck instead of taking to the skies with everyone else, but rest assured she'll be there to welcome you back with a sloppy kiss.
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Commercial Balloon, Commercial Instrument Airplane
Jim Bridger - The newest mascot
Bridger, or Jim, depending on how you know him is the newest puppy to the Graham family. He is a 1 year old English Cocker Spaniel. The breed has been in the family for 40 years so we plan on maintaining the make and model.
He is a bundle of black joy and has more energy than you can imagine!