Water is the source of life. But it’s also the source of adventure, something River Recreation has delivered since 1982. Today, stationed on the banks of the Wenatchee River in Monitor, the company sends clients floating down a total of seven rivers throughout Washington State.
As entertaining as they are informative, River Recreation’s guides undergo extensive training—twice as much, in fact, than the state requirements. That experience enables the company to offer a wide range of trips, from kid-friendly Class I floats to heart-pumping Class V adventures that have helped discover some of the area’s top opera singers. Currently, River Recreation hosts half-day, full-day, and combination trips, and in 2010, it unveiled a white water-and-wine mini getaway—a half-day of rafting, and a half day of wine tasting in Wenatchee Valley. All of this is combined to make RIver Recreation Washington State's Whitewater Professionals.
At Creekside Stables, instructors team up with gentle horses during English riding lessons concentrated on the sports of jumping and dressage. Students enjoy the peaceful surroundings and well-tended horses on the 10-acre farm, which can relax nervous beginners and keep them from nervously referring to a horse as their hoof-car. Once confident in the saddle, riders can progress to more and more advanced techniques under the guidance of experienced instructors.
Legacy Builders Basketball hosts a three-day skills development camp at Canyon Park Junior High. There, players prepping for the coming season can fine-tune their games with oversight, tips, and guidance from an experienced coach and player. Camps focus on perfecting footwork, improving speed and agility, and developing court vision. Legacy Builders also offers one-on-one training sessions, during which players can receive individualized help in improving their game.
Journey into the trance-like terrain of Jack's mad mind at the Haunted Nightmare Haunted House, where 3-D glasses give your eyes fearful glimpses of mayhem. With a general-admission ticket to the horror house, fear fans can navigate the haunt's pathways and feel their hearts palpitate with panic as dreadful spiders, zombies, clowns, and aliens pop out of the black-light-illuminated darkness. Before embarking on the terror trip, guests will learn Jack's story, from his encounters with an ice-cream truck driven by a man dressed like a clown to the treats drenched in nightmare serum that doom the taster to recurring sleep scares and a lifetime of receiving incorrect fast-food orders.
Though Fusion Hot Yoga's philosophy emphasizes the release of the ego, it's hard not to feel special in Fusion’s heated studio. The instructors—each of whom brings a different teaching style to classes—dole out personalized tips during Hatha and power Vinyasa sessions. They also remain after class, answering students’ questions while they extinguish the coals within the walls. By helping every visitor to discover the mental and physical benefits of hot yoga, the staff recalls their own journeys from such backgrounds as competitive gymnastics and service in the Navy Reserve.
In addition to the quality of its teachers, the studio's setting also probably contributed to its ranking on KING5’s Best of Western Washington list, where it was voted second of 96 nominees for the area's Best Yoga Studio. The space's antibacterial, Tatami-textured floor cushions feet to counteract slipping, and dressing rooms with showers permit guests to rinse off after lessons. At the onsite boutique, shoppers can purchase mats, healthy refreshments, and baking thermometers that tell them when their partner is ready to cool.
Elevated Sportz combines the gravity-defying fun of a trampoline center with the enchantment an indoor playground in one all-encompassing entertainment arena. Inside the two-sectioned play center, bouncers can hurtle into the air and play games of dodgeball and basketball on wall-to-wall trampolines equipped with protective pads. On the other side of the building, a multi-tiered jungle gym with hiding spaces, twisting slides, and ball pits entices younger visitors to expunge pent-up energy or practice stealth maneuvers for upcoming cookie-jar raids. Visitors watching their family and friends defy gravity can relax in the cafe with a sandwich and a smoothie while surfing free WiFi.