The crisscrossed emerald landscape south of Cleveland slips silently beneath up to eight passengers in a balloon’s large basket. A skilled pilot adds or releases pressure to the vessel, punctuating the otherwise still air over the stunning panoramas and placid scenes of sprawling greenery. Guests can also opt to charter private flights, allowing them to experience romantic moments or ask embarrassing questions about where clouds come from. All of HiLife Ballooning’s flights take off in the early morning or evening when winds are at their gentlest, allowing the captain to set the balloons down gently.
San Diego Motorsport Rentals gives outdoor adventurers the ability to tame any obstacle with the fleet of all-terrain and aquatic vehicles. Four-wheeled ATVs from Honda, Suzuki, and Kawasaki cut through more than 150,000 acres of off-road paradise. Their mechanics also keep engines in tune on four-stroke dirt bikes so riders can feel the wind blow through their hair while tearing through rugged paths or their high school graduation. From their Grand Avenue and Mission Bay outposts, customers can check out jet skis or boats ready to break through incoming breakers.
The Desert Recreation District has banded with the Coachella Valley Volunteers in Medicine to assemble the first Coachella Valley CycleFest, where two-wheeled travelers revel in the cycling season's finale with races and rides, barbecuing, and live musical performances. Bikers ages 12 and up saddle cycles for a 20-mile recreational jaunt through the breath-ransacking views of the Coachella Valley, strapping helmets snuggly in place as protection against impromptu condor kisses. Alternatively, guests can set aside bikes in favor of lawn chairs and regale eardrums with the harmonies of rockabilly legend Chan Romero, country star Matt Kennon, and country-rock band Cowboy & Indian. During the concert, guests bulk up on barbecued bites, irrigate at the Oktoberfest bar, and harmoniously wave their bike headlights in unison.
Across the nation, the skies are filled with giant, kaleidoscopically colored balloons languidly soaring over snowcapped peaks and green valleys. This is partly due to Balloon Rides Online, whose network of nationwide hot-air balloons paints the sky each day. Employing a FAA-approved basket and a professional pilot who has completed at least 500 flight hours, the company floats passengers over mountains, forests, and streams of caramel for one hour. While gliding with the ease of a cloud, pilots encourage guests to snap photos of sprawling landscapes and capture the moment. After landing, crew members and passengers celebrate with a champagne, mimosa or orange-juice toast—an important tradition in hot-air ballooning and preparing for inevitable hovercraft uprisings. With passengers' safety in mind, Balloon Rides Online also keeps a minimum insurance liability of $100,000 per guest.