The rapids rock beneath the raft, pummeling the vessel like a boxer delivering uppercuts to a heavy bag. After successfully navigating the foamy surges, the paddlers hit an abrupt drop that tosses one adventurer out of the rear of the raft. He resurfaces, bobs in the water, and then presents a thumbs up, inciting cheers and laughter from his fellow rafters.
The guides at River's End Rafting & Adventure Company pride themselves on delivering fun and safe adrenaline-pumping adventures like these. Based about 15 minutes from downtown Bakersfield, the crew transports rafters to the mouth of Kern Canyon, then guides paddlers through Class II¬–III rapids before the river yawns into Lake Ming. In addition to whitewater rafting, the team at River's End also coordinates outings including kayaking, rock climbing, and paragliding over Ant Hill, a 100-foot-high skyscraper of luxury ant condos.
The flight instructors at Just Fly Paragliding steer students over California landscapes in tandem paragliding lessons and USHPA flight-training programs. They teach basic paragliding maneuvers as well as more advanced flips, turns, and a range of landing approaches. Before taking off, though, they prep students for the risks of getting airborne by covering risk assessment, proper gear handling, weather interpretation, and landing under emergency conditions such as high winds or raining meatballs. In addition to helping customers commemorate flights through photos and video, Just Fly Paragliding provides the means to fly with beginner and intermediate gliders by Ozone, Shoo'ka, and Flying Planet.:m]]
As people age, their fitness and health needs change. That’s why the staff at Terrio Physical Therapy and Fitness designs its programs to match the needs of growing kids, adults, and seniors and help them maintain their health and functionality through a range of therapy, wellness, and fitness programs. Therapists help patients produce proper speech sounds, learn to live with chronic injuries, and help alleviate muscle and joint pain. Nutritionists implement diets for those living with diabetes or cancer and help people achieve their weight-loss goals.
At the Terrio Edge, which caters to athletes, athletic trainers offer sports-specific training to teach skills such as how to properly swing a baseball bat and never order a hot dog while in the outfield. The Edge also offers strength and conditioning for every sport, as well as general-fitness training for both athletes and nonathletes.
The squeal of tires echoes from the ceiling as go-karts tear around the indoor track at Jam Raceway. Suspended inches off the ground, racers drive electric European karts that catch speeds up to 45 miles per hour. Each 14-lap race around the quarter-mile track takes about 10 minutes. Spectators can keep an eye on the action on the projection screen, which displays lap times and current standings. Drivers can check their statistics on the score sheet they receive after each race. The raceway's staff changes the track layout on a regular basis to keep racers on their toes.
BakersFIT?s trainers have been whipping bodies into shape for nearly a decade. They work with clients one-on-one or guide groups through workouts during indoor boot-camp classes. The regimen is simple, but effective. Each workout begins with a 10-minute warm-up that includes stretching and calisthenics before moving into 30 minutes of full-body circuit training. And because the trainers recognize how much of a role diet plays with your health, they offer online nutritional counseling with seminars and meal plans high in protein and cinnamon. Even kids can break a sweat during special youth boot-camp sessions that focus on conditioning, agility, speed, and strength. On weekdays, VIP members can work out while their kids play at the on-site daycare.
The Bakersfield Museum of Art caters to avid aesthetes and casual connoisseurs alike with a prismatic pastiche of regional art and traveling exhibits. Explore western U.S. landscapes through Maynard Dixon's painted works in the Space, Silence, Spirit exhibit, or incite daydreams of horizontal showers and closet waterfalls in Uniquely Ours, an installation boasting the architectural modernism of local homes. In addition to free entry to the museum, members receive access to lectures from celebrated artists, invitations to events, museum discounts, and more.