I thought I was doing pretty good. That is until I leaned forward and let it rip right toward one of my trainers, Evan. Take notice on Evan's face. That is how he looked right before I flattened him like a pancake, driving my Segway a little too fast.
|Evan, hoping we can drive|
Okay, that isn't really the truth. I learned how to ride a Segway just fine and Evan, he's a great Electric Tour Company trainer and still around to work with the next lucky group. I tried to convince him to let me ride off into the sunset with my Segway. It didn't work, but he did let me ride around Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, California and even waved me on, all while trying to hide how he felt about my driving skills.
What is a Segway? It's a two wheeled electric personal transporter. The design allows you to stay upright on it even when not moving. They are easy to learn to use. Especially when an awesome group like the staff at Electric Tour Company works so patiently with you.
|Our tour guide, Devin, giving group instruction|
Upon arrival at the Segway tour start point, my mom and I checked it, was given a helmet and a vest and assigned a Segway. We were treated to a private lesson where one of the pleasant staff members told us about how the Seway's worked, taught us how to mount and dismount, then let us try it on our own. All safety issues were addressed and by the time my personal training session was over, I was confident I could start and stop without killing myself or the person in front of me. Then our entire group lined up on our Segways for our group instruction. We were given a chance to try an obstacle course. Actually, we drove around cones and successfully left them all standing. After the approximately 30 to 40 minute training session, the real fun began.
I've been to San Francisco before, but never to the Golden Gate Park. I was super excited to see the park. I love trying new things and chose the Segway tour because I've never done one. I usually rent a bicycle and drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausilito when traveling to San Francisco, but since I was traveling with my mom, I thought the Segway Tour would be something she would like better. Definitely a good choice. We both had a great time and learned a lot about the park.
Something I learned. The entire park is man made. Sand dunes originally covered the park area. Every plant and tree was brought in from around the world and planted in the park. Luckily, they not only survived, but thrived. John McLaren, one of the early park commissioners, worked tirelessly to make sure the gardens could be enjoyed by all. I also learned Golden Gate Park is one of the top five largest urban parks in the United States. Thanks to my tour guide, Devin, I not only learned these park facts, I also got to see the beautiful gardens he taught us about and even got to see the statue honoring John McLaren.
|Mom & I in front of man made lake|
The entire tour lasted around two and a half hours. I would definitely do this tour again. Both my mom and I had a great time and thought it was well worth it. When I didn't laugh at all of our tour guide, Devin's jokes, he was probably wondering what I thought. Wonder no more. Devin was excellent as was the rest of the staff. Judging by the photos on the Electric Tour Company's Facebook page, we weren't the only ones who loved our tour. The smiles on the faces of the participants tell it all. Electric Tour Company also offer Fisherman Wharf tours in San Francisco. I highly recommend this tour for anybody traveling to San Francisco. Keep in mind, children under the age of 12 can not participate since only one person can ride on the Segway.
**Disclosure: Per FTC guidelines, I received my tour at no charge and paid for my mom's tour. Regardless, my opinions and experience are honest and not influenced by the company providing the tour.