I take it back...
Take what back?
Well.. every joke and every jeering comment I made about segways since I first learned of their existence. What was I thinking? They are AWESOME!
This was my first experience with segways and I have to say that I am SO happy to have chosen Segway of Healdsburg to facilitate that.
We met the guys in a parking lot which was 98% empty and a perfect place to get our segway training on! I was relieved to know that my segway was automatically in turtle mode, which meant it could only go up to 5mph.
I was surprised to learn the actual way the segway works. Here I was always thinking it was a handle bar throttle situation, but it's actually a feet-balance situation. Say what!?!! Yep. The handle bar (right term?) is just for steering/directing the apparatus. Your feet do the rest of the work.
If you shift your body weight forward, you will go full speed ahead! If you shift it back enough on your heals you will slow to a near complete stop and then go backwards, and if you keep it quite centered you will be able to rock back and forth, staying relatively stationary. Crazy right?!
After a few nervous circles through the parking lot, I graduated from turtle mode and was upped to a new maximum of 15mpg! WEEEEE! I could really feel the wind in my hair now kids!
We trekked down the ROAD on the segways. Yes, that's right people, we took these babies on the road. With real live cars passing us and everything!! When we got to the entrance of the park we stopped for a quick combo snack-pee break before heading into the actual park. It was great funsegway-ing through the park. [oh my word. if auto correct changes segway to seaway one more time *eyeroll*]
Periodically we would walk our segways to an idling spot like this one.
At some spots we stopped, you can hangout inside a tree like a little.. squirrel or something? (see above right photo)
Of course, the redwoods are so amazing. It's absolutely tragic that only 1% of these trees remain. *tear*
They are so immense (tall, and wide, but the giant sequoias are the widest) and they make you feel tiny, in the best way.
It makes you feel like whatever you are going through... it will be okay.
Because check out how old some of these remaining trees are... They've seen a LOT, and here they are.
Snacking among the giants
Any outdoor adventure needs a good snack and the folks at Segway of Healdsburg know how to do snacks right!
iPhone panoramic fun fact
One of our tour guides reminded us that you can take panos vertically and not just horizontally. I honestly never thought of it. But it's a great method because it's so hard to capture these trees and how enormous they really are. I need to work on my skills of holding the phone and bending over backwards to get a smooth and awesome rainbow-y image, so instead, I give you this regular shot. By the way, did you know that redwood trees like to grow in little families?! Cute huh?
The Sum Up:
This is a more pricey activity to do for most people. I think it was around $70-80 per person. (Check for group rates?) But if you have room in your budget, do not miss it! Segways of Healdsburg is the way to go!!!! The segways are seriously so much fun, the tour guides were awesome and I felt they were great at training newbies who were literally scared to step onto the segway at the start, and these trees are so cool. You'll feel like you're in a children's storybook as you look up at them in bewilderment.
Now that my segway skills ... exist... I think I would LOVE to try their winery segway tour. Next time ;)
Have you ever done a segway tour? What did you think? Do you own a segway? Would you if you could? I think I just might... hehehehe ;-)