For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to drive a stick shift. Engage in one of the primary mandates of physics with today's Groupon: for $119, you get an introductory hang-gliding lesson from Thermalriders LLC that operates out of Carter Memorial Airport in Luling (a $225 value).
During introductory lessons with Thermalriders LLC, United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association–certified instructors introduce individuals to free-flight aviation through a half-day of ground school and hands-on hang-gliding. Gliding gurus initiate up to six students into the sport with a thorough academic lesson that covers the physical basics of hang-gliding as well as the philosophical implications of kissing birds midflight. After a bout of rigorous arm-flapping exercises, air-sailors strap into a training glider, launching into the sky with a scooter-tow, ground-based winch. Thermalriders LLC soars skyward Thursday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather and prophesy permitting.
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.