What You'll Get
The opportunity to play outside with large groups of strangers usually ends with fifth-grade graduation. Today’s Groupon lets you revisit the joys of recess as an adult, without getting any weird looks. For $12, you’ll get a 45-day membership with access to all classes, adventures, and mixers at Bayou City Outdoors, Houston’s active outdoor social club.
Making friends is hard as a grown-up. You can’t pass notes across your cubicle asking co-workers to circle their feelings about you, or entice potential friends with your sweet pog collection anymore. Bayou City Outdoors makes it easy: you sign up for any of the adventurous exploits that pique your interest (such as mountain biking, tubing on the San Marcos, or zip line adventures) and get to be active with other like-minded individuals. Many events are free for members, such as the haunted Halloween hike; others cost money, but you'll pay the discounted member price.
Modern technology has most likely crippled your social skills (you’re suctioned to your keyboard and communicate with other humans primarily through stalking their status updates), but this Groupon can save you from a total robotic transformation. Being surrounded by living, breathing humans and thrown into situations that don’t contain monitors, you’ll probably re-learn how to express yourself without using emoticons or pressing the enter key.
Bayou City Outdoors isn’t just a singles mixer for Indiana Jones–types—it’s also perfect for pairs. If you and your plus-one have lost touch with your own families and friends, these classes will help you remember that sometimes "the more" really is "the merrier."
- This outdoors and social club has so many events and has great people that share my love for outdoor activities! – tiffany8
Several testimonials on the site highlight the program as a fun way to explore Houston:
- I've met so many people and seen so much of Houston and I've only been here for a few months!! What a great group! I suggest everyone should join! – Customer Testimonial
- I always wanted to learn more about things to do in the Houston-area, but never knew where to go. Bayou City Outdoors has taught me all about the outdoor activities in Houston and throughout Texas! – Customer Testimonial
Satchel Rand, Lovelorn Movie Adventurer
Bayou City Outdoors offers outdoor adventures for Indiana Jones–types, and it’s also a great way to meet potential love interests. On your excursions, you’ll hopefully be more like Indiana Jones and less like Professor Satchel Rand, the lovelorn main character of a competing 1980s adventure-film series. Unlike Dr. Jones, Professor Rand never quite got the girl. Here are his films:
Satchel Rand and the Curse of Xerxes: While hot on the trail of an ancient bust believed to grant weather-control powers, the wise-cracking Dr. Rand is tracked by Fascists bent on taking over the world. Rand is aided by the beautiful daughter of his mentor, and even though Rand really wants to ask her out, he talks himself out of it and just worries about saving the statue.
Satchel Rand and the Lion of Babylon: A mysterious benefactor enlists Rand’s help to decipher an ancient riddle that may grant eternal life. When Rand discovers that his mystery employer is none other than his ex-wife, Elena, Rand’s adventure kicks into high gear, then quickly becomes kind of sad when he asks Elena to remarry him in front of a bunch of Fascists, and she turns him down.
Satchel Rand and the Seal of Gedaliah: Before he can stop evil Fascists from using a biblical seal to turn the tide of war, Rand calls every single woman from his speed-dating session and tells them that he hasn’t had a girlfriend in six years. When the women are kidnapped by Fascists, Rand gets in a weird place in his life and stops leaving the house.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Dec 31, 2009. Amount paid never expires. 1 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. Must activate membership by 12/31 by emailing name, email, Groupon ID#, DOB, phone, and zip to firstname.lastname@example.org. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Bayou City Outdoors
Bayou City Outdoors' hundreds of members didn't join just for the myriad events, though it would be understandable if they did. The site's events calendar buckles under the weight of a packed schedule, with activities from bike rides and kayaking trips to art gallery openings and nights of dancing. But the outings are only the beginning of the member perks. The team at Bayou City plug their members into a buddy system that puts enthusiasts in touch with other members. Buddies can share outdoor gear with each other, or meet up for group outings. Members also get opportunities to learn about cutting-edge equipment through free demos, and enjoy discounts at outdoors-oriented local stores like REI and Urban Bike Gallery.