Everyone gets the urge to go out and live in the wild from time to time, and not just during tax season. Before you pack up your flint and compass, The Expedition School would like to give you a few lessons on traversing waters, hiking trails, and maintaining outdoor safety. It sponsors classes on paddleboarding, canoeing, and kayaking. The staff then leads expeditions to exciting destinations. Clients can sea kayak the fjords around Alaska and spot humpback whales on the open water, or surf crashing waves on the beaches of Costa Rica and hike up into the cloudforest near Arenal Volcano. While you're out in the wilds, The Expedition School's first-aid, water rescue, and CPR courses will mitigate any potential disasters, though medical support is also available to accompany groups on adventures.
Closer to home, The Expedition School is thoroughly committed to the community. They happily work with Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and proudly keep 100% of their profits invested in Austin and the neighborhood. They even partner with Keep Austin Beautiful to help take care of their hometown. Because the staff believes that everyone deserves the chance to play in the great outdoors while gaining practical skills and confidence, they also offer programs for the visually and hearing impaired.
Running in heels is usually a hassle, but at the annual Stiletto Stampede, it’s a sport. There, women sprint 100 yards in their favorite stilettos, or even, as one past participant did, in chunky platforms with breast cancer awareness’s pink ribbon drawn on the heel. The event benefits breast cancer research and awareness. The Survivor Stampede, for example, is for breast cancer survivors, while the Boot Scoot is for racers in cowboy boots, rather than boots that have recently become self-aware.
Since 1971, Freewheeling Bicycles has furnished cyclists with bikes from such notable names as Gary Fisher, Trek, and Electra as well as complementary parts and accessories. Before hopping on their two-wheeled transport and riding off into the sunset or silhouetting against the moon, riders can take advantage of a free tune-up offered with every purchase of a new bike and slide into apparel such as jerseys, shorts, and outerwear. The staff also lets customers test-ride bikes in their sizable parking lot.
Stretching across more than 6 miles, Lady Bird Lake's tranquil waters reflect the Austin skyline, the cliffs at Red Bud Isle, and the Congress Avenue Bridge, home to the largest urban bat population in the world. Throughout the year, Rowing Dock’s instructors take visitors into this manmade lake and teach them to paddle in kayaks or row within stand-up paddleboards. For customers who feel comfortable with their paddling prowess, the staffers rent everything from one-, two- and three-person kayaks, paddleboats and paddleboards, and canoes. As these human-powered vessels float across the lake, passengers can view the area's many native birds or canoodle with their oars at sunset.
Though they seem quite different at first glance, Tetra Fitness’s 12 group classes have a few important traits in common. All of the classes, for example, follow the lead of an elite instructor with experience in personal training and biceps strong enough to arm-wrestle Atlas to a draw. All of them also adhere to the company’s core values, which include such rock-solid maxims as “be adventurous and creative” and “do more with less.” The indoor cycling class certainly embodies these two values with its 50-minute workout that sends riders racing over hills and steep inclines on straightforward stationary bikes. The aptly named Sweaty Weights class requires students of all skill levels to “be passionate and determined” as they strengthen and tone every single muscle in their bodies. When the instructors compel their students to “embrace change,” they can reference their own Barefoot Burn cardio class as an example. This intense workout focuses on flexibility, calorie burning, stretching, balance work, toning for all the connective tissues, core strengthening, and corrective exercises for the feet.