Monday, November 28, 2016

An iFLY Thanksgiving Adventure

Brian, Tom, Scotty, Doug
Over the Thanksgiving weekend my (Rob) brother Doug and his boys Brian and Scott drove down from New England and visited. So, we tried to find fun things for them to do. Everyone was excited about "indoor skydiving" (except me, of course because of my anxieties with heights), so we took them to a place called "iFly" outside of Baltimore, MD.  Tom, Doug, Brian and Scott all enjoyed 2 flights.  Here are some pictures and video.

Scott and Brian
 WHAT IS IT? - Basically it's a giant plexiglass cylinder about 20 feet in diameter and about 100 feet high. The floor is actually wire mesh, and underneath are giant turbine fans that attain strong speeds to force you to "float." It's basically being in a sideways wind tunnel.

Brian flying high
SUITING UP - Everyone can "fly" except for people over 250-300 pounds. It's just too heavy to lift people and give them a good experience, so you get weighed in at the beginning.  Then, you get a 10 minute "lesson" on how to position yourself when you enter the cylinder to obtain the best "flying experience." Your instructor is always with you.  You also don a "Flight suit," Goggles, ear plugs (because the giant fans are so loud), and a helmet. Then you're ready.

ABOUT iFLY -  iFLY is the experiential entertainment company that created modern indoor skydiving…we make the dream of flight a reality by giving our customers “wings” in a safe and reliable environment. iFLY started in 1998 as SkyVenture, LLC. Once we had developed the
technology to create a stable, wall-to-wall cushion of air in a flight chamber, we knew we could offer an incredibly realistic and safe indoor skydiving experience.

Tom's reaction to his flight suit
HOW DOES IT WORK?  - A unique design with its wall-to-wall air column, along with certified and highly-trained instructors, allows you to safely enjoy your flight session. Your flight instructor is with you through your entire flight experience regardless of your level of experience.
Doug, Brian, Scott, Tom

HIGH FLYING - Most fliers "fly" just above the ground, but you can pay for the instructor to take you way up (70-100 feet) and spin you around. Brian and Scott did that. 





Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

I'm a simple guy who enjoys the simple things in life, especially our dogs. I volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy exercising, blogging, politics, helping friends and neighbors, participating in ghost investigations, coffee, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country music,writing books on ghosts and spirits, cooking simply and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.