Thunder Rail Stables’ trainer Jaime Buckner frequently leads her horses to show championships, and she guides riding students with similar care during lessons in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains. Her facility also hosts a spacious indoor arena, which provides a safe and supportive atmosphere for students to practice riding techniques and equine care without having to worry about horses running off after a wild pegasus. Lessons can be tailored to a variety of riding disciplines, such as saddle seat, English, Western, and dressage. Buckner’s full stable hosts specially trained horses, so riders do not need to lug around their own ponies in their backpacks. In addition to teaching lessons with provided horses, Buckner also specializes in helping owners reconnect with their own hoofed companions and breaking problems in stubborn stallions and miniature ponies.
Following a strict Leave No Trace philosophy, Backcountry Adventure Guides instills environmental stewardship in each of its participants as they venture on fitness-filled nature jaunts. Whether climbing, skiing, or snowshoeing, the trio of guides—all of whom boast extensive outdoor sports backgrounds—uses each trek as an opportunity to stress the importance of preserving our natural surroundings and refusing to shave Bigfoot no matter how much money he offers.
The Renaissance Faire takes place at the lush Maris Farms in Buckley. The theatrical event features fully costumed kings, queens, jesters, revelers, domesticated basilisks, bands of merry minstrels, and more in a celebration of all things post-medieval. The event entertains elegant lords and ladies alike with fun 16th-century-themed activities for the whole family, including puppet shows, games, and full-contact jousting. Drink in the musical stylings of Hawke the Balladeer, watch a dazzling alchemical display when Zinger's Royal Magick takes the stage, or brace yourself for the acrobatic equestrian trickery of Cavallo Equestrian Arts. Compulsive gambolers, meanwhile, can bust out their fly morris dance moves during the day's peasant dancing, which takes place before professional fencing demos at the Academia della Spada. For something more modern medieval, No Parchment Needed will be performing unscripted japery on the Queen's Stage, while the Hammered Troll Ale House boasts a full line-up of Celtic, Scottish, and even pirate troubadours. You can find a full list and times of the faire's events by clicking the schedule on the sidebar here.
Presented in part by Dan Clark, also known as Nitro, of American Gladiator fame, the Gladiator Rock'n Run is a unique and challenging event, pairing an obstacle-heavy running course and an attempt at breaking the record for the world’s longest mud pit with post-race entertainment, including beer, music, and food. Those prepared to race must dance through tires, army-crawl through mud, and clamber up rope ladders to avoid barrels thrown by giant apes. The roar of spectators rings throughout the course as bystanders cheer on runners to inspire strong finishes.
Jumpin Jack & Jill fills its 2,500-square-foot floor with a medley of tot-friendly attractions anchored by three plush inflatables. The three bounce houses form a cushiony community in one corner of the floor, replete with a slide, an enclosed shelter for carefree jumping, and a tunnel for clandestine exchanges of action-figure hostages. An area reserved for toddlers facilitates more placid play with a simpler climbing toy that includes a slide and pirate ship. The space also encompasses an arcade area, a foosball table, and a vending machine for mid-play replenishment. As kids buzz through the fun center like juice-box-charged particles, parents can relax in the glow of a flat-panel TV, harness the waves of the complimentary wireless network or enjoy espresso and handmade Italian soda drinks. Jumpin Jack & Jill shutters its doors for private party packages and rents out bounce houses for at-home celebrations in customers' own yards.