The need to "feel the wind in your hair" is best fulfilled by hot air balloon rides, though it can also be fulfilled by riding in a convertible, swinging on a tire swing, or getting sneezed on by a jumbo jet. Get wind-tousled locks with today's Groupon: for $149, you get an admission to a one-hour hot air balloon ride plus a continental breakfast with a champagne toast from Foolish Pleasure Hot Air Balloon Rides (a $235 value). During the ballooning season of mid-September through May, flight bookings are available seven days a week.
Foolish Pleasure Hot Air Balloon Rides' FAA–licensed pilot Dan Ewer guides air-filled crafts on 2- to 10-mile journeys over the Tucson Mountains, Sonoran Desert, and Avra Valley. For approximately one hour, groups of up to six passengers bob gently above green fields and sky-scraping mountains, absorbing panoramic views once exclusive to soaring birds and anthropomorphic clouds. Then, Dan sets the balloon down among the verdant agricultural fields of the Avra Valley for a postflight continental brunch and champagne or sparkling-cider toast. Purchase an additional Groupon to bring along a friend, stunt double, or fiancé—an ordained officiant, Foolish Pleasure’s crew chief can marry couples in midair for an additional fee.
Foolish Pleasure Hot Air Balloon Rides
In addition to her regular flight preparations, Foolish Pleasure Hot Air Balloon Rides’ co-owner Lorrie Ewer in certain circumstances checks off a second midflight list: whether or not her passengers take each other, to have and to hold, for as long as they both shall live. As an ordained officiant, she can legally conduct marriage ceremonies beneath the teal, pink, and cerulean balloon that she and her husband, Dan, initially bought to fly for pleasure but have since turned into a thriving business.
The Ewers float passengers over the area’s most scenic vistas, such as the Tucson Mountains, Avra Valley area, and Saguaro National Park, many of which boast views of local wildlife. After the flight, Dan will tell a story of the history of ballooning and Lorrie will email each person a set of photos taken during the trip.