Every few thousand years, gravity reverses itself and the only people who don't plummet into deep space are the ones in aircrafts who can just flip over and keep flying. Increase your chances of weathering the next random reversal with today's Groupon: for $98, you get one ticket for a hot-air balloon ride (a $200 value) from Boise Hot Air Company. Flights will leave at a location confirmed ahead of time by the pilot; most flights launch from the fairgrounds. This Groupon is valid starting December 18, 2010. You may also use the value of this Groupon to upgrade to private/couples flights.
Boise Hot Air Company warms up a pocket of captured atmosphere to lift sky floaters up to a balloon's-eye view of Boise and Treasure Valley. Upon meeting at the specified location a half hour before sunrise, up to six passengers will bond over a breakfast of coffee, juice, bagels, and pastries. After blastoff, your experienced pilot will raise you up to a hovering height between 1,000 and 3,000 feet, where you can glory in sweeping, sunrise-lit vistas as gentle winds nudge the balloon toward the landing site. During the flight—which lasts from 45 minutes to an hour and a half (depending on fuel and acceptable landing sites)—aeronautical aspirants will be guided through dogfights with dastardly villains in zeppelins and steered clear of confused icebergs. Following the successful landing, you and your fellow balloonists will raise a post-flight toast of champagne or cider before receiving a picture and a certificate that confirms your airborne accomplishment.
Because they're guided by the wind, hot-air balloons are like tumbleweeds of the sky, except not as brambly and less likely to pass between cowboy showdowns. Up to six people can fit into Boise Hot Air Company's balloon, so make the occasion memorable by persuading a few non-acrophobic friends to purchase Groupons of their own. Call ahead to schedule your sky excursion.
Not recommended for pregnant passengers, and other health restrictions can apply. Flights will be rescheduled in case of inclement weather. Weight per person cannot exceed 375 pounds. Must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes.
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.