If you want to take hot air balloon ride "sometime in life", take it in Napa. You will love the awesome views from the top. Everything was professionally managed and there was no scope for complaint. With hot air balloons, they take-off only when weather conditions are good. But the dependence on winds is more apparent when it comes to landing. Our one-hour flight turned to almost two-hour flight because of this. And since there are no toilets in the balloon (!), old people need to take care. We enjoyed every bit of the ride itself ... and the breakfast / champagne served to us after the ride!
Yes, the ride is a bit expensive. But the experience is exclusive!