Double takes are common on the shores of Lake Havasu. After all, it’s not every day that you see someone hovering 29 feet above the water. The subjects aren’t paranormal apparitions, and the scene isn’t a fleeting haunting—it’s just another day for the certified flight instructors at Water Jetpack Adventure: strap customers into the five-point quick-release harness of their Jetlev R200 recreational jetpacks for gravity-defying flying sessions that include flight demos. Assembled from top-of-the-line parts and materials—such as pressure seals made with O-ring systems found on deep-sea submarines—the jetpack features a built-in stability mechanism and a multitasking hose that powers flights with pressurized water and keeps pilots attached to the boat and away from Icarus' house parties. Pilots stay protected during midair jaunts with safety equipment including a personal flotation device, a helmet and head support, and a safety saddle. For a video of what the Jetlev looks like in action, click here.
Black bears love strawberries. The bears of Northern California could often be seen wandering through the berry patches surrounding Mt. Shasta, an area favored by travelers since the 19th century because of the charmingly hospitable inns and restaurants found there. Bob and Laurie Manley were inspired to recreate the area’s post–Gold Rush hospitality, and they opened their first restaurant, Black Bear Diner, near those same strawberry patches. Nearly 20 years later, their brand has grown to encompass 50 different locations, each of which retains the founders’ principles of small-town charm and generosity. The menus also preserve the mom-and-pop vibe, with dishes such as secret-recipe sweet-cream pancakes, old-fashioned burgers wrapped in wax paper, and, of course, homemade bear claws. Each location is adorned with a trademark bear sculpture that has been hand-carved by Washington chainsaw artist Ray Schulz, who often grants his works with regional characteristics such as cowboy hats or taxi-hailing skills.
The Detail Boss, located in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, is a family owned business that performs at the highest caliber of mobile automotive detail in the Mohave County Area. Specializing in paint correction and interior deep cleaning, we set out to execute the definition of the word "detail".
It's important to take care of your car, especially if you threw away the box it came in and can't return it. But the costs of regular maintenance can add up fast, and a major repair can really break the bank. That's where Planet Super Saver comes in.
By partnering with local mechanics (and car washes and windshield repair shops), the coupon books give customers a hand with basic automotive services. The books also offer discounts for dry-cleaning facilities and occasionally offer deals on special products, such as e-cigarettes.
Wakeboard, surfboard, kite surfboard, and jet ski. These are the mechanisms that inventor Franky Zapata turned to for inspiration when he set out to create the flyboard. A few prototypes later, he had it: a machine that propels riders out of the water, essentially giving them wings. At AZ Flyboard, riders strap in and soar up to 6 meters into the air, propelled by jets of water. They can also take the flyboard underwater, though, when powered-down, the machine remains buoyant. The honed user-friendliness of the flyboard means that even first-timers can usually get out on the water after about five minutes of training.
The crisscrossed emerald landscape south of Cleveland slips silently beneath up to eight passengers in a balloon’s large basket. A skilled pilot adds or releases pressure to the vessel, punctuating the otherwise still air over the stunning panoramas and placid scenes of sprawling greenery. Guests can also opt to charter private flights, allowing them to experience romantic moments or ask embarrassing questions about where clouds come from. All of HiLife Ballooning’s flights take off in the early morning or evening when winds are at their gentlest, allowing the captain to set the balloons down gently.