segway tour of houston involving an encounter with a tree
whew it’s been an action packed weekend! we kicked off the weekend with a segway tour of downtown houston and it far exceeded my expectations. we went with the company ‘segway tours of houston‘ and did their twilight tour that went from 6-8pm and my amazing mother-in-law set it up for us! my sister-in-law, ashley and i were first a little hesitant but then felt better when i was gifted the helmet from 1992. i am almost certain DJ from ‘fullhouse’ wore the exact same one.
i had some preconceived notions about segways and maybe poked fun at others when i saw them cruising around different cities. i was also not part of the “80% of tourists take to the segway within 5 minutes” as the website claimed. before we get into that-let’s all take a quick look at one of the more recent nerdy and adorable pictures of my husband-haha he was 7 feet tall on this bad boy!
i was feeling a little nervous about the whole segway experience because my balance is not my strong suit. i have been known to fall over when just standing still, perfectly still. charlie was our tour guide (see below) and he was great! although about 3 seconds after i got on the segway for the first time, i said “ohhhh can you take a picture of my husband and me pleeeeease!”
point being…instead of finishing my full instructions on how to use this thing, i insisted on a picture. see that tree behind me where that lady is walking? yeah…well i ran into 15 seconds after this picture was over and evvvvveryone saw me. thankfully the only thing that got hurt was my pride a little.
it matters where you shift your weight, not really what you do with the handle so that took some time for me to get comfortable with (and the fact that i was sweating profusely into a helmet that 3 other sweaty heads had on before me just that day). i was also terrified that when i shifted my weight to the back that i would fall off and crack my skull all over the sidewalk…but that doesn’t happen either (or very often i should say).
the tour was really pretty and i saw lots of houston i hadn’t seen before. we went along the buffalo bayou while learning some facts about houston.
did you know that texas is the only state that is allowed to fly their flag the same height as the american flag because texas used to be its own country, called the republic of texas? it was its own country from 1836-1845. otherwise, it is illegal for all other states to fly their flag at the same height (or any state to fly it higher-yes even you texas).
also, houston is huuuuge. it’s the 4th largest city in the united states! it has around 2,145,002 people (since we just moved here for a bit) and it’s massive. we live in houston although it takes us 45 minutes to get to downtown houston…that is how massive it but it is a pretty city and i enjoyed seeing this part of the city and discovering new, local restaurants that i will be taking my husband to on date nights!
the tour was super fun and even though we weren’t walking around the city…i do think i lost 3 pounds in sweat because it was about 92 while we were cruising around but the heat index was close to 100 degrees (ew). so naturally i started to get dehydrated and when i get dehydrated i get grumpy (just so you know…segways don’t come with cupholders, that’s a separate addition). thankfully my amazing husband came to the rescue (probably because he was tired of my threatening to pass out into traffic) and bought me ice cold water from subway. have you ever been in a subway with a helmet on? we have.
although i often was the caboose of our tour because i didn’t want to go full throttle (12 miles per hour is scarier than you may think), by the end of it i didn’t want to get off! i also have to give my speedy husband props for coming and checking on me quite often to make sure i was doing okay. it was a super neat way to explore a city and a fun way to bond with my father-in-law and sister-in-law! we also found this new mural near market square downtown. it was just completed in May 2013 and the artist, Gonzo247, spray painted the whole thing!
i also love this picture because you can’t see that we are on segways and maybe you think we are wearing helmets to protect our scalps from the hot texas sun or perhaps as a new fashion statement or maybe because we were playing ‘chicken’ on the balance beam on the playground and we wanted extra protection. the possibilities are endless.
we had such a fun time and i’m glad i didn’t let me running into a tree stop me from still trying to get the hang of it! i can tell you that my arms were sore the next day because i may have been gripping the handles entirely too hard for most of the journey. oh the joys of having an anxious brain. here’s another tip…i wouldn’t recommend eating at the cheese cake factory just before going on one of these tours…it sure jiggles around in your stomach but we did have some delicious dessert!
we woke up early yesterday morning and set out for him to get scuba certified. more on that tomorrow….it was quite the adventure! overall, if you ever get the chance to get on a segway, don’t let the stereotypes of only mall cops and nerds using these to get around fool you…it was pretty fun even if you look a little dorky doing it. yes, people did laugh out loud at us but then we sped off and they only walked off so…
the new wifestyle: find new ways to explore your city and don’t let a hiccup in the first few minutes of something new determine your whole adventure!
1) did you go on a date this weekend or hang out with family? what did you do?
2) how’s your balance?
3) how long have you lived in your current city and do you venture downtown much?