For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to drive a stick shift. Engage in one of the primary mandates of physics with this Groupon: for $109, you get a hot air balloon ride from High Desert Balloon Company (a $225 value). Though this Groupon is only for one rider, balloons can hold up to 6 people. The outing includes:
- Up to 60-minute flight
- Postflight champagne toast and photo
- Certificate of completion
Passengers are escorted along aerial avenues in a colorful fleet of advanced thermal inflatables. Upon scheduling an airborne adventure, passengers and pilots determine an ideal meeting point to briefly depart from solid ground. Flights begin approximately 30 minutes before daybreak, when conditions are ideal for cool and peaceful cloud carousing. Passengers meet for a short briefing session, followed by a 45- to 60-minute adventure that ascends up to 3,000 feet above Boise and Treasure Valley. After admiring seemingly endless mountain views, passengers slowly return to the earth to share a champagne toast and pose for a photo, helping them remember the small balloon after it grows into an adult zeppelin.
Airborne voyagers also receive flight certificates to commemorate journeys, and pilots escort patrons to their cars or battery-powered unicycles after each flight. Some balloons can accommodate up to seven people; call ahead to make a reservation.
Boise Hot Air Company
As the early-morning sky lightens and the sun paints the horizon in purples, blues, oranges, and yellows, a fleet of balloons takes flight. These are Boise Hot Air Company’s balloons—colorful inflated vessels bedecked with purple and yellow stripes, red checkerboard patterns, and the stars and stripes of the American flag. Captains take groups aloft at 30 minutes before official sunrise in baskets equipped with seats and dividers for added safety. Flying only in fair weather and usually at speeds of no more than 8 miles per hour, the captains pilot leisurely flights low over the countryside of rolling hills from March through November.