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Adventure Gifts for Dad: Living Out a Dream

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    Aug. 12, 2008: Zhong Man of China (right) and Nicolas Lopez of France compete in the men's fencing individual sabre gold medal match held at the Fencing Hall of National Convention Center during Day 4 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

    Are you stumped on what to buy dad for Father's Day? You may want to scuttle the idea of buying a tie, cologne or a steak dinner. How about if you tap into his inner dare devil and buy a gift that's sure to be a showstopper? Whether he wants to be a swashbuckler, a balloonist or a pilot, we have a gift for you.

    At Swordplay in Burbank, you can buy him fencing lessons. He'll learn the basics of holding the sword and the intense footwork to keep him quick on his toes. Tim Weske is the owner and has taught everyone from novices to movie stars to competitive teams. The first lesson is free, followed by a package of four lessons for as little as $95. You can also purchase gift certificates for $50. You could also throw dad a party with sword fighting and characters. Go to the Swordplay website for more information on party costs.

    At Encore Flight in Van Nuys, dad can live out his dream of piloting a plane. For $249, you can buy him one hour of flight training, both in the classroom and inside a simulator, and one hour behind the controls of plane high above Los Angeles. Of course, an instructor is with him every step of the way and ready to take the controls if he wants. Dad can also take a guest aboard to share the experience. The flight route varies, but it can take you above the Hollywood sign, Griffith Observatory, the shorelines of Santa Monica and Malibu and the San Fernando Valley. There are other packages and rate special. Go to the company's website here for more information.

    Finally, if ballooning is more his style then you'll want to consider A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure. The Temecula Valley-based balloon company lifts off at sunrise and will take dad up, up and away over the grand Temecula vineyards. The hour flight will end with a champagne and orange juice toast. The cost for one passenger varies from weekday to weekend. A Grape Escape's latest Internet special begins at $133 per passenger.