Flying is the only way to get close enough to a cloud to milk it or to visit your secret sky family. Bolster the bond earthly loved ones just don't understand with today's Groupon: for $150, you get a City Panorama Tour for two at Island Pacific Flight Academy.
Nurture inner eagles on this private 25-minute tour of Victoria, the Gulf and San Juan Islands, and the mountains. With a certified and experienced pilot taking care of the buttons and knobs, both adventurous passengers can luxuriate in cloud-skimming aerial views. While Island Pacific could have settled for constructing gigantic paper airplanes with windows drawn on them, they splurged instead on a fleet that counts Diamond Katanas, Cessna 172s, a Beech 76 Duchess Twin and a Citation II among its ranks. After the exhilarating rejection of gravity, fliers get coffee, tea, and dessert, as well as a wide-eyed mid-flight photo, which skis off a cliff before parachuting into e-mail inboxes.
Since vintage planes inspire satisfying fantasies of derring-do, sky-milers will also want to take in the working, historic World War II aircraft in Island Pacific’s hangars at no extra charge, although period dress is required for spur-of-the-moment piloting or nurse-kissing.