The days leading up to our 14th wedding anniversary had been pretty hectic so my wife Sara and I agreed that this year we would just do something simple to mark the occasion. We decided that meeting for a nice lunch date downtown would be perfect.
With the plan in place, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was something else that I could do to make the day a little more special. And that’s when it came to me! How about a Segway adventure through Victoria Park in Truro?
A Segway is an incredibly unique mode of transportation. Wikipedia’s description is way better than I could ever come up with on my own. It’s described as “a two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicle” and its name is derived from the word “segue”, meaning smooth transition.
The first time I ever saw one of these crazy-looking-mobiles was about ten years ago at the Epcot theme park in Disney World. I remember marveling at its cutting-edge technology and thinking it was one of the coolest things ever! Many years had passed since my original Segway encounter, now I couldn’t wait to finally try one and (more importantly) to share the experience with Sara.
Sara loves the outdoors and is a bit of a “sci-fi” fan too, so I knew this experience would be right up her alley. It was a perfect fall morning as we pulled up to the parking lot at Victoria Park where our guide Dick Cotterill, from Cobequid Segway was waiting. He didn’t waste any time equipping us with helmets and beginning our orientation. I was really surprised at how quickly we got the hang of things. Literally within minutes we were zooming around the parking lot (in “turtle mode” that is).
One of the most important rules was to stay far enough apart from one another to avoid “touching wheels.” Naturally if our wheels were to touch, one of us could be knocked off balance and potentially fall. Though I couldn’t help but find the humor in the fact that we were celebrating 14 years of marriage but were encouraged not to get too close.
It wasn’t long before Dick gave us the green light to move further into the park. Our Segways were equipped with bicycle bells. Like a little kid, I just couldn’t wait for the first excuse to use it. People gave us a few curious looks as we passed them in the park. I assumed it was because of the uniqueness of our mode of transportation, but in retrospect it could have been my enthusiastic bell-ringing that turned their heads.
Through the park we passed Jacobs Ladder (just thinking about climbing those 175 steps, I could feel the burn) and continued within walking-distance of the park’s gorgeous waterfalls. As we were already familiar with falls we opted to stay on our Segways and explore the other parts of the park’s 1000 acres that we were less familiar with.
At this point in the tour Sara and I had graduated. Dick turned our Segways off “turtle mode” and we were ready to roll at full speed! I can’t explain what an exhilarating feeling it was gliding along the trails. The ride was so smooth and quiet. I literally felt like George Jetson flying through the woods! We also got to see parts of the park that we had never seen before like the reservoir, the “look-out” at the top of Wood Street, and the beautiful old Hemlock trail.
We even saw three resident deer along the way (who were all very friendly I might add). Dick stopped at several points along the way to offer safety tips, share interesting facts about the park and even take a few photos. I have to say, Sara looked much cuter in her helmet than I did.
We returned back to the park entrance and Dick encouraged us to take one last scoot around on our own before concluding our tour. As I led the way Sara soon pulled up beside me. She flashed me a quick smile and I knew she was playfully challenging me to a race. I humoured her for a few seconds before allowing her to take the lead (letting her win was the least I could do for putting up with me for so many years).
I can honestly say, our Segway adventure was one of the neatest things we've ever done and Victoria Park was the ideal setting. Both thrilled with our experience, we concluded our date with lunch as planned. We opted for Sahla Thai Restaurant and enjoyed reflecting upon the day we Thai’d the knot.