From catapulting flaming soldiers over castle walls to sitting on active geysers, humans have long been fixated on flying through the air. Absorb the wonderment of flight with this Groupon. Choose between two options:
- For $139, you get a 90-minute hot air balloon ride and winery tour and tasting for one (a $278 value).
- For $278, you get a 90-minute hot air balloon ride and winery tour and tasting for two (a $556 value).<p>
Bird’s-eye views of the Lewis-Clark Valley unfold far below jubilant riders in the baskets of Adventurist Air Voyages’ safe, silent dirigibles furnished with tested equipment. After completion of preflight checks and orientation, the kaleidoscopically hued balloon rises into the dawn or dusk skies over wheat fields, natural pyramids, and stunning rock formations. The flier’s torch roars, carrying the balloon to a cruising altitude of about 2,000 feet. Thrusters switch off and wind currents propel the craft, leaving riders in the stunning natural silence of skies, which is broken only by Superman’s cell phone.<p>
Eyes widen at the panoramic views of the Seven Devils peaks and the Wallowa Mountains in Oregon, and the pilot stands ready to answer questions regarding the balloon’s functionality or point out sights. After a 90-minute jaunt across the cerulean expanse, the balloon splashes down onto the slow gray waters of Snake River. Passengers depart from the basket to enjoy a winery tour and a jovial barrel tasting of wine from Basalt Cellars, celebrate their trip, and practice toasts learned from clouds.