Photographer Eric Auffhammer got his first taste of making art when his mom introduced him to oil painting when he was nine years old. Fast-forward to the present, and he’s working toward an MFA in photography, winning awards and accolades along the way. Through Eternity Fine Portraits, Auffhammer specializes in wedding photography as well as portraits of children, newborns, and families. His portrait work is done on location, allowing clients to select sites of special importance, such as a favorite picnic spot or haunted backyard swing set.
Joey, a cheerful palomino, spent 30 years greeting visitors to Dreamor Ranch. Like many of the horses, he's lucky to be there. The ranch rescues horses from bad situations and works to place them in new homes. Other horses take up residence permanently on the sunny farm, which is financed largely by lessons. By learning the disciplines of English, Western, and Gymkhana from a professional instructor, patrons are also helping rescue horses. Trail and beach rides also give riders a chance to bond with their steeds, as does an active volunteer program on the ranch.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the floor and ceiling by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.
The first inflatable fun center in the Santa Cruz area, Pump'd is proud to offer 9,000 square feet of safe, fantastical family entertainment and party space. Help your tots channel their inner super ball as they ricochet off the super-clean surfaces of air-filled bounce houses and the inflatable obstacle course, and shoot down the on-site slide. A bounce area is open to timid toddlers, whose lower centers of gravity can make it hard to cope with the boomeranging backlash of their older siblings' vivacious vaulting.
Designed by 1992 Masters champion Fred Couples, San Juan Oaks Golf Club showcases an 18-hole course that arches across 7,133 yards of San Juan Valley terrain. On the front nine, golfers test their mettle at one of Freddy's favorite holes, the 204-yard, par-3 sixth hole, where tee shots must speed through swirling winds and trees wielding catchers’ mitts to land on a green guarded by oak and eucalyptus trees. The back nine rolls through the valley’s foothills, regaling golfers with frequent elevation changes and back-to-back tees—at 16 and 17—that offer stunning views of the surrounding area. The course frequently draws top-flight golfers and is a Stage-One site of the PGA Tour's Qualifying School.
Before taking to the first tee, golfers can warm up at the club’s practice facilities, which include a 15-acre, all-grass driving range, a 10,000-square-foot putting green, and an area for chipping and bunker shots. Elegant, high-beamed ceilings and a wood-burning fireplace await golfers and underfed 9-irons at the restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch.
Course at a Glance:
Visitors to Skydive Hollister surf the skies while securely strapped to a professional who has completed a minimum of 1,000 jumps. Clients swan dive into the atmosphere at approximately 10,000 feet and hurtle toward Monterey Bay at 120 miles per hour, boldly ignoring posted speed-limit signs and strict lectures from mother geese. Passengers freefall for about 30 seconds, giving them ample time to preemptively identify future fashion trends as life flashes by in fast-forward mode. Instructors activate parachutes at 5,000 feet, after which airborne patrons can help to guide floating parachutes back to earth for several scenic minutes. Groupon customers may also upgrade jumps to a height of 15,000 feet for an additional fee, affording 30 seconds of additional adrenaline-fueled airtime.