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"Hot-air-balloon pilot" doesn't really do Art Möller justice as a job title. Sure he captains private and semi-private trips above the Rio Grande River Valley, but over the past decade he's also helped people cross items off their bucket lists, plan engagements, and overcome their fear of heights. And sometimes he even lets them jump out of the basket mid-air—certified skydivers can hitch a ride with Art for jumps at up to 6,000 feet.
Fire and wind: that’s all it takes to fly. Hot air ballooning’s sheer simplicity sparked pilot Scott Appelman’s interest in the sport 30 years ago. “In a lot of ways, it’s the exact opposite of the way the world is today,” says the Rainbow Ryders, Inc. founder. “And I think that gives it a certain degree of romance.”
Further evidence of ballooning’s inherent romance can be found in the number of proposals and weddings that have taken place aboard Rainbow Ryders’ fleet of 19 balloons, earning the company a spot on Yahoo’s list of top five places in the nation to pop the question. Even if engagement is not on passengers’ agendas, the crew still strives to ensure a memorable expedition. Guests can join the launch crew to help inflate the balloon before takeoff, and upon landing, pilot and passengers clink glasses in a champagne toast to celebrate another successful flight.
Though whimsy and romance may prove the biggest draw, Rainbow Ryders’ untarnished safety record is what ultimately keeps the balloons hovering. Since 1982, experienced pilots have safely floated 160,000 people over the Rio Grande Valley. Pilots not only helm top-tier equipment, but carefully monitor the region’s weather patterns to ensure smooth thermal drafts and minimize hitchhiking requests from migrating geese.
Chuck Woods has spent nearly 35 years learning to appreciate the world from a bird's eye perspective. At Enchanted Air Paragliding, he and his staff share this experience with newcomers and dedicated enthusiasts alike. Their tandem flights allow visitors to briefly touch the sky during jaunts that can last as long as 20 minutes and reach heights of up to 2,000 feet. A certified instructor maintains control for most of the flight—manning the controls during takeoff, landing, and the in-flight movie—although they invite passengers to steer the canopy for at least a portion of the time. Safety is of paramount importance during their tandem flights, and this sentiment is embraced even more emphatically by the instructors who lead the flight-training programs. During these programs, they teach aspiring pilots all of the skills they need to eventually become certified paragliders themselves.
When NASCAR drivers really want to have some fun—and often get back to their racing roots—they get dirty. The adrenaline junkies power up racing machines and race around dirt tracks at speeds of more than 100 mph, sliding around the dirt corners and getting dirtier than a politician in a food fight.
Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience lets speed-fiends hop in the same type of Dirt Late Model or Sprint Cars the professionals drive and take off around dirt tracks across the country. They can ride in the passenger seat while an experienced driver careens around corners or take over the wheel after a 45-minute class. No racing experience is required, and family and friends are welcome to watch the race experiences.
Pueblo Balloon's skilled pilots have been cruising gentle air currents in their colorful balloons for over 30 years. From the safety of a basket, they unveil panoramic views of the arcing earth, the sun above mountains, exposing the desert valley below in the Taos Valley. After the balloon alights upon the ground, the staffers keep the experience going. They treat guests to a champagne toast and a light snack, and give them a commemorative certificate. The crew also sets the tone for each celebration with a short lesson on the origins of hot-air ballooning and how to identify which clouds would yield the fluffiest pillow stuffing.