At Inspired Riding, instructor Beth Parrish saddles minds with new knowledge in diverse fields of horsemanship from dressage to bareback riding in both English and Western riding styles. Lessons begin as students latch steeds to lead lines, singing "Ring Around the Rosie" as they lunge the horses in slow circles before setting their feet in stirrups, which helps build trust between mount and rider. Beth then trots bonded duos through classical horsemanship exercises, focused upon the school of riding that most interests her pupils and emphasizing safety. The school’s lesson horses possess sure feet and mild temperaments, making them ideal mounts for fledging equestrians or ideal alter egos for superheroes. Located on the verge of two state parks, Inspired Riding’s paddocks feature backdrops of flawless pine groves and a soundtrack of chirping birds. The natural setting provides the perfect stage for Beth's style of teaching, which focuses on promoting communication with animals through the delicate arts of touch, voice, and feather-duster tickling. Riding since 1986, Beth is also the author of Inspired Riding, an e-book that chronicles her experience and philosophy as a horse trainer.
Seasoned kayaker John Cline paddles with a local hotel concierge along the Colorado River, periodically explaining that kayaking is perfectly safe for beginners and an ideal way to savor the pleasant Texas weather. Suddenly, the sky erupts and an onslaught of rain drenches the waterborne duo. They rest their paddles on their laps, look at each other, and start laughing. Rising Phoenix Adventures' kayak and canoe trips create these unique memories so regularly that one Belgian businesswoman even makes annual trips to the area just to ride the class-1 river. Since establishing the outdoor-excursion company in 2004 with barely 10 kayaks and canoes, Cline has more than quadrupled his fleet to accommodate the ever-increasing demand. After alighting one of the trusty vessels, adventurers set off to navigate through the river's islands and beneath a scenic half-mile tree canopy, where the shores offer glimpses of wild pigs, great blue herons, and undomesticated beach umbrellas.
Jeff Hunt probably understood the trajectory of his career path in a way most people don't. With an aerospace engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin and experience working with Tracor Aerospace after college, he is very familiar with how things move forward. Though most aerospace engineers are focused on building spaceships and watering blooming stars, Hunt chose to focus on hang-gliders. Over the past 25 years, he has competed in cross-country hang-gliding competitions and become a USHPA-certified advanced tandem instructor. At Fly Texas and Fly Mexico, he shares his passion with students during half-day and daylong hang-gliding classes or shuttles more experienced gliders on flights.
Rebel Race's military-style obstacle courses challenge athletes from all backgrounds to shed humdrum day-to-day routines to experience the primal joys of mud, sweat and glory. Emerging from the mire in various states across the country, each Rebel Race packs its rucksack with tests of physical and mental toughness, rousing racers and washing machines alike to triumph in the face of sloppy opposition. After dashing through fire, climbing walls, and scaling mountains of hay, race participants bask in the collective kudos of parties, which include live entertainment, food, and beer for purchase. Camping options encourage participants and spectators to transform races into weekend getaways, while awards recognize each day's standout competitors and most-humble mud pits.
A triangular form soars across blue skies and swoops over Texas's sprawling terrain. But the flying figure isn't a bird or a frustrated geometry student's homework—it's one of Thermalriders’ gliders, which let novices master the art of flying under the guidance of U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association-certified instructors. During aerotow flights, instructors and students can then break free from gravity's tight grip as Dragonfly planes tow them to heights of up to 2,500 feet. Thermalriders' instructors also have the ability to capture each flight on video.
Giggle N Jump's bright, clean, 11,000-square-foot play center thrills frolicking young ones with a great collection of bounce houses, interactive stations, and slides. As children burn off excess energy and make new friends in the engaging environment, parents can supervise little ones' progress from outside the play area or join kids in the fun. A separate section entertains infants and toddlers, the tiniest kiddies, keeping them safe as they explore and bounce.