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 today’s Groupon: for $154, you get a hot air balloon ride from Bella Balloons (a $250 value). This Groupon is valid for one passenger on a sunrise or sunset ride; rides launch from locations off Interstate 71 near King’s Island and Lebanon.
Rolling hills and lush green hillsides stretch across the horizon as balloons ascend toward the skies during a three-hour aerial adventure that begins with a preflight orientation. After a quick briefing during which passengers may assist with inflation and pack up, a licensed FAA commercial pilot beckons his newly minted crewmembers into the handcrafted wicker basket and prepares for the one-hour flight. As propane burners scorch the invisible bonds of gravity that tie humans to the earth, the balloon drifts over treetops passed the outstretched arms of Yogi Bears, who mistake the cockpit for an oversized picnic basket. While flying at treetop level, passengers can keep an eye on the surrounding woodlands for glimpses of deer and other wildlife before soaring to heights of 1,500 feet. The warm, orange light of sunrise or sunset makes for ideal opportunities to photograph fellow passengers as they give thumbs-up to Bella Balloon’s 100% safety record and fashion fake beards from the fluff of passing clouds.
The three-hour experience concludes with a champagne toast as soon as the balloon has touched ground. Passengers sip locally harvested libations from complimentary champagne flutes as they take part in an induction ceremony that grants them an official flight certificate.