BIR Performance Driving School gives drivers a chance to zip their personal vehicles around a professional racetrack with lead-foot impunity. During Performance Driving School, experienced instructors give customers a crash course in not crashing, complete with driving techniques and safety information, and then ride along for a quick tour to give drivers a feel for the track. When the training is over, racers can enjoy unlimited laps around the course without once hearing the bitter song of the law’s dreaded siren. The racing package includes all the necessary gear—a driving suit, gloves, and helmet—for overtaking Dale Earnhardt’s ghost car, which has haunted the track since 1965. Drivers also have the option of upgrading to get behind the joystick of one of BIR Performance Driving School’s Spec Ford racecars ($325 for a 25-minute session or $605 for a 50-minute session). A 15 percent discount will be applied should customers choose to upgrade.
Set amid the north-woods pines of the Brainerd Lakes area, Boats and Beyond Rentals places recreational trailblazers behind the handlebars of electric-start Polaris snowmobiles. Machines chew snow through the Paul Bunyan Trail's network of more than 100 groomed miles as riders hunt down local eateries, bewilder drive-thru attendants, and fuel up at rest stops. Snowmobilers can take the reins right outside the rental office or load the sled into a trailer so they may rev the heated handgrips along their favorite trail.
Eden Guides is in the business of life-changing experiences. Its team of outdoor enthusiasts takes people on voyages and expeditions up mountains, under coral reef ecosystems, and to locations in need of humanitarian aid. Recent trips have offered a chance to safari on the Serengeti and view the migration of more than 500,000 gazelle and zebra or scale two of Mexico’s highest peaks, the volcanoes El Pico de Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl. Closer to home, courses on outdoor skills, led by guides with certifications from the American Mountain Guides Association and as wilderness EMTs and first responders. Leave-no-trace, backcountry cuisine, and intro to backpacking classes all ensure that hikers and climbers know how to survive in the wild without needing to barter with the local bears.
Peruvian paso horses travel with a smooth, four-beat, lateral gait, instilling every step with a certain grace and dignity becoming of the Midwest. At Hiddenbrook Farm, breeders have sought out these particular horses to lead elegant trail rides through the Central Minnesota woods. Whether walking through leafy trails, streams, or snow-dusted routes, the horses keep a steady pace without bouncing up and down like most horses or club bouncers do when you attempt to ride them.