I once tried to go parasailing in South Padre Islands, but the two young men running the boat had never worked a parasailing adventure before in their life. Their plan? Stand on the raft out in the water and hit the engines in hope that the force and speed brought me up into the air like a kite. The result? I was dragged through the water like a fish on the line. The parasail was soaked and no one else could ride the rest of the day…and I lost my sunglasses.

Fast-forward to yesterday, when I risked another pair of sunglasses and my nerves and headed to ‘Tween Waters Inn and Captiva Water Sports for the adventure of a lifetime. No more college students with a “plan.” No more standing on a raft in the middle of the ocean. No more being dragged through the water when they hit the gas. Nope. This was the professional deal — complete with branded ‘Tween Waters Inn parasail.

Despite my need for all things adventure, I was nervous as hell to try out this specific adventure, but with $90 in hand (single rider, $80pp double or triple riders), I summed the courage and stepped out on a nice ledge attached to the boat. From there, it was as easy as reeling me in and out like a fishing pole toward the sky and we were off.

And let me tell you, there is something surreal about seeing all those miles of beach and bay from the sky. Despite being considered an adrenaline-packed adventure, I’ve never felt so at peace. Maybe it was the roar of the water, boat and wind, or the way the sun reflected on the water, but I will remember this day in my dreams.

To book your adventure, stop by the ‘Tween Waters Inn Marina, or call 239.472.5161 X442 or 239.472.6336 or Book Online Here.