Tandem means you jump tethered to an instructor; since you're in front and have your own altimeter and ripcord, it feels like you're diving on your own. The ride starts with a 10-minute instruction on safety and procedures, and then you board the new PAC 750 XL aircraft and ascend 10,000 to 13,000 feet for a brief plane ride. You and your trained tandem partner leap into the open sky to confirm that a gypsy didn't invent gravity at last year's state fair. For about 60 seconds, you're free falling, then the ripcord is pulled, the safety canopy opens, and you float, with bird-worthy views, securely to the soft landing zone.
A row of neatly trimmed trees lines either side of the winding driveway that leads up to the stately clubhouse at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course, welcoming visitors to its verdant grounds. Ever since players began spraying drives and rolling putts over the 18-hole course in 1994, the club has filled the space with similar congenial flourishes, including flower beds and a central lake fountain. After players hole out and exchange secret handshakes on the 18th green, they can head for drinks at the course bar, complete with a veranda where they can watch the sunset.
Adhering to the nationally renowned Les Mills exercise regimens, BodyRox Fitness Group's instructors lead engaging group classes that appeal to students of all fitness levels. Each class embraces a different program and addresses a different aspect of total-body fitness and wellbeing. In addition to leading sessions that use barbell squats, lifts, and curls to tone and strengthen muscles, the trainers also teach classes that incorporate high-intensity interval training to provide a dynamic cardio workout. Other workouts feature anything from karate and boxing movements to yoga and tai chi sequences. The studio also offers paid childcare services for students who attend select classes with their youngsters or sentient stuffed animals.