Admittedly, Houston is lovely but not the most touristy city in the USA. Yet we love it that way! A negative chick on FB said there’s absolutely nothing to see or do in Houston…smh.
Let’s not be small thinkers when it comes to being adventurous and creating experiences for ourselves, loved ones and tourists. No matter where you are or no matter how drab you think your surroundings are, believe me when I say there is a unique charm to be harnessed from your situation. And lots to see and do!
I haven’t been doing much for various reasons, including because the very few people I know here are generally risk-averse and not adventurous in the “crazy” ways I am. One such “crazy” adventure is indoor skydiving and I just had to do it so I went alone! 🤗 Never let other people’s fears or opinions hold you back. Many times people tell others not to do something because they know they can’t do it themselves! 😜
The first time I heard of iFly was during a season of America’s Got Talent. An indoor skydiving Champion Inka Titto wowed the world with her stunts. Pretty much proof that sometimes the best publicity/advertising a business needs can come from anywhere! After seeing her, indoor skydiving went into my bucket list, right alongside the “real skydiving”.
iFly Houston has three locations and the cost of two flights is reasonable. They will try (and maybe succeed) to upsell you with add-ons like the chance to go way higher in the tunnel, photos and video in HD/regular, the Virtual Reality experience. Etc.
This is what it looks like…
Here I am all togged out in my diving garb and ready to literally rock n’roll! 😍
Safety concerns: I’d say there’s nothing to be worried about. The facility is even more concerned about your safety than you are, thus they make sure you are educated on all precautions, risks, what to expect and more. I watched the safety training, followed all instructions to the letter and wore my jumpsuit. My helmet was a tad tight so I took off my wig and went au naturel from the neck up. 😄 My flight instructor was the famous Jesse “Tex” Leos who is a champion world-class Skydiver as well! (Check out his unbelievable videos on his FB Page!)
The EXPERIENCE: It felt like being buffeted by strong winds, You get these weird intermittent feelings of weightlessness and feeling overly-fat, remembering that yummy bowl of food you wolfed down late last night. See video below..
Here is the video of my first flight (don’t laugh!😂😂😂). It’s not as easy as I thought and even though I am slim and fairly fit my body ached for days, it’s a full body workout great for weight loss 😀 ! Our little group totaled three and we each took turns going in the wind tunnel for Flights 1 and 2.
At a point, I put out my right arm to avoid smashing into the tunnel wall and felt tremendous pain flash up to my right shoulder. Four weeks afterwards, I still feel the pain especially first-thing in the morning but this was probably an avoidable fluke accident. It won’t happen to you so go try it!