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Fun is in the air!

Birds aren't the only ones who can enjoy the vast blue skies. Whether it's flying high among the clouds in a hot-air balloon above the Grand Canyon or bungee jumping from towering heights in distant lands, there are many ways for the adventurous to experience the great outdoors and bring new meaning to the phrase "head in the clouds."


Hot Air Ballooning

Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz had the opportunity to take a balloon ride, why can't you? If you've ever dreamed about floating across the sky, www. is your resource for finding a balloon taking flight from any corner of the earth. The site contains a directory of balloon festivals, including the upcoming annual Festival Internacional del Globo taking place November 13 through 16 in Leon, Mexico. The world class festival will feature more than 100 balloons of all shapes, colors and sizes from around the world.


Get your adrenaline revved up by going parasailing high above the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to based in sunny Daytona, Florida. The company has many years of experience, as well as licensed USCG captains and multiple parasail boats ready and waiting to give thrill-seekers an experience to remember. Whether it's at 800 feet or as high as 2,000 feet in the air, there are five flights to choose from, so why not set your sights for flight via parasailing in the warm rays of the Sunshine State?


Hang Gliding


If you'd rather skip the jump and dive off a cliff on a hang glider, check out Mission Soaring Center in Northern California. Mission Soaring Center has been serving the hang gliding community since 1973. Lessons range from beginner to advanced, on a flexible schedule and tailored to each student's rate of progress. Owner Pat Denevan is a leader in the development of modern hang gliding training standards, and can surely provide you with all the tips and training you'll need to get your glide on. Five-lesson new-pilot package: $700.

Bungee Jumping

Feeling super adventurous? Head to South Africa where you can bungee jump to your heart's content at Face Adrenalin.


Face Adrenalin offers professional and safe adventure activities in the Garden Route region of the Western Cape. The opening of the Face Adrenalin Bloukrans Bungy Jump in 1997 caused great excitement in the bungee jumping fraternity worldwide; Bloukrans is the world's highest commercial bungee jump at a whopping 216 meters high. Face Adrenalin also offers a bridge-walking tour and Flying Fox, a 200-meter cable slide out onto the arch of Africa's largest bridge.

Visit to learn more about the various types of bungee jumping, the safety of the activity, and anything else you ever wondered about the sport.

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Title Annotation:Fresh Air Tidbits
Publication:Celeb Life Magazine
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2009
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