Hot Air Balloon Ride With Skydiver

Rise up with the sun, gently wafting thousands of feet above the waking earth. The burners roar at liftoff, but soon you're overcome by the silence and tranquility of drifting with the wind. The San Bernardino Mountains rise out of the mist (hopefully) to the north, and the Moreno Valley stretches below. But set your shutter speed to 1/300 because some crazy fool is about to jump out.

Our hot air balloon holds 10 passengers, including the skydiver(s). Liftoff is at the ungodly hour of 6 AM to catch the still of dawn so we'll be departing San Clemente at 4:30 AM. My van holds 7 and you can all sleep on the way there. Cost is $120/person with surcharges for folks over 220 lbs. Make your check out to Dan Horst Pilot Services, our licensed balloon pilot, but mail it to me at:
Peter Shikli
P.O. Box 4393
San Clemente, CA 92674
Be sure to do that within 1 week of your RSVP.

Yes, this will be an adventure!

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  • Jennifer B.

    Any pictures?

    1 · May 24, 2013

  • Peter S.

    OK, even if we had to reschedule due to fog, which we will do.

    May 19, 2013

    • Melanie

      Would still like to go next time.

      May 19, 2013

    • Melanie

      Would still like to go next time.

      May 19, 2013

  • Peter S.

    Good news! We'll have a second skydiver jumping out. This one will be wearing a wing suit, the kind you may have seen on videos like www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsV3bGPMTXo

    May 18, 2013

  • Diana

    This sounds great! Can't go this time, but I can go on a Sunday (wk on Sat).

    May 17, 2013

  • Ruben

    Are we allowed on the premises where the balloon will be even if we are not riding in the balloon? I would just like to be there and take some photos from the moment they start to fill the balloon.

    May 16, 2013

    • Peter S.

      Yes. The balloon pilots are a happy bunch, except when it comes to smokers :)

      May 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope you post this again!

    May 13, 2013

    • Peter S.

      Happy to, or something even more fun.

      May 13, 2013

  • Shelly R.

    I live 2 miles from the airport. I have done it once but never with a ski diver jumping out. Wish I could make it

    May 13, 2013

    • Peter S.

      No worries. If the feedback is good, we'll do it again.

      May 13, 2013

  • Peter S.

    This event is now full. I don't have an organizer's access rights to adjust the event RSVP's, so please use the email confirmations I've sent those who made it on. If I did not send you an email confirmation of a seat, please assume you do not have a seat. It's a long, early-morning ride to be told you can't get aboard. If you're not sure whether you are on, please do email me.

    May 13, 2013

  • LAD

    Hope you'll do this again...on a Saturday!

    May 13, 2013

  • Yuhuyuhu L.

    I want to go with my friend, is it still have room for both?

    May 1, 2013

    • Peter S.

      Do not bring a check to the event. It is a long way to drive to find out that you have no seat in the balloon. Best is to mail it to the address in the Meetup announcement, and then I can confirm that you have seats.

      May 3, 2013

    • Yuhuyuhu L.

      ok, I sent to your P O Box

      May 3, 2013

  • Belen

    Going to Las Vegas, birthday party invitation. Cannot fail the little one.. Hopefully you do it again..

    April 22, 2013

  • Belen

    I would love to go..but not sure if there will be space. I see there are already 9 people and ballon holds 10. What happened if there is more people? will there be another ballon ride?

    April 11, 2013

    • Peter S.

      We have only 6 paid passengers at this moment, so we have room.

      April 17, 2013

  • Peter S.

    No worries on the payment. I get back from Alaska on the 15th so I have no way to check my P.O. Box until then. But right after that, I'll post the final list of who is coming.

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am sending my check in today (if it isn't too late...?). Also, can I RSVP for the ride from San Clemente? Please.

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, does the §120 includes the ride from San Clemente to the airport? Thanks!

    April 5, 2013

    • Peter S.

      I wasn't planning to charge anyone for the ride from San Clemente. I was going either way.

      April 5, 2013

  • Provita

    Riding in a hot air balloon is at the top of my bucket list but it's going to have to wait till another time... Have fun!!!

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    oh, this sounds amazing. I so wish I could go. Have fun.

    April 3, 2013

    • Peter S.

      If we get good event feedback, I can schedule it again one day.

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Jenell

    I had planned to hot air balloon for Mothers Day, but this is way better.

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds awesome! Will send a check ASAP!

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I drive myself? I live in Ontario.

    April 3, 2013

    • Peter S.

      Yes of course. As soon as we have the confirmed list of paid attendees, I'll give out my cellphone so we can stay in touch on the way to the Perris Valley Airport.

      April 3, 2013

  • Karyn N.

    Wow! Can't wait!

    April 2, 2013

  • Ebie

    Yeah, thinking about it, would a great birthday present for me!

    April 2, 2013

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