Kathy and Brian rode in a hot-air balloon one sunrise about a dozen years ago. We were in Telluride Colorado on a Fourth of July weekend during a balloon rally and floated up in the air in a balloon sponsored by a restaurant one of her brothers owned.
We touched down at one point in a field inhabited by a bull at the far end. Fortunately he kept his distance. Later we drifted near the runway of the local airport and had to assume the plane sitting on the runway a few hundred feet down could see us too.
That was plenty of excitement for us, but for others, especially those with deep pockets, there are other alternatives to a plain plane ride.