At Natural High Rafting, they lead guided rafting and fishing trips on more than 12 of Oregon’s scenic and coastal rivers, including the Deschutes and Clackamas. The fishing trips also seek out fish by species, often encountering monsters such as steelhead, trout, and coho and chinook salmon.
On the screen before the trainee, an officer is down in the doorway, while down the hall within the scenario, an assailant shields himself behind a hostage. This is just one of the 160 high-definition real-world tactical scenarios—in addition to 180 virtual-range options—that play on the single-screen Threat Alley and 300-degree Threat Arena platforms, immersing marksmen in the kind of training used by law enforcement, the military, and special operatives. Using modified firearms that eschew ammo for an infrared laser and a CO2 system to produce recoil, each computerized simulator calibrates shooters' virtual shots, producing a recap for up to five shooters per round. The tactical scenarios also supply guests with return-fire belts, which deliver a small shock when either "hit" by virtual enemy fire or when one falls for, "Hey, what's that over there?"
Beyond overseeing their simulated tactical training and virtual ranges, Threat Dynamics' instructors—possessing a mix of military, law-enforcement, and NRA-certification backgrounds—lead classes in both armed and unarmed self-defense.
Monty Hawkins has been a coach for over two decades, extending a career on the pitch that began when he was just a kid. From starring as a teenaged phenom at Gladstone High School, captaining Oregon State’s first Division I soccer squad, and earning his professional stripes as a member of Germany’s TSG Tübingen, , Monty ascended through the athletic ranks faster than a rock climber riding a mountain goat. Today, he passes on his expertise to the next generation as co-owner of Tualatin Indoor Soccer. At the arena, stadium lights cast a blinding radiance across the freshly re-turfed, 186’x86’ field surrounded by 10-foot walls and glass, while up to 80 fans track the action in year-round adult and youth leagues. Monty also helps youngsters gear up for the spotlight at kids’ classes that promote not only athleticism, but also fun and friendship.
You don't play tennis outside, where it's cold. Today's side deal keeps the tennis-curious wrapped in an athletic-club blanket. For $40, you'll get three personalized, 30-minute tennis lessons at Portland Athletic Club (a $90 value). The club boasts five indoor courts, a staff of pro instructors, and flexible hours. Call ahead to schedule your appointment.
At first blush, Joy Cinema and Pub bears a striking resemblance to classic movie theaters with its intimate lobby, marquee surrounded by neon lights, and 1950s-style cartoon mural behind its concessions stand. However, this cinema differentiates itself from its forebears with a schedule of newly released Hollywood hits, generous pours of frothy microbrews, and occasional 3D features. Evening shows are "minor with parent" unless otherwise specified.
Ensconced in wall-to-wall trampolines, Sky High Sports’s lively facility delights bare-footed fun-seekers with 45,000 square feet of bounce-encompassing terrain. Sky High's bounce-begetters come loaded with a specially-designed, spring-loaded frame and thick, 2-inch safety pads that grant patrons a plummet cushier than the Snuggle Bear’s corner office. Guests can hone front flips, back flips, and channel flips during intense free-bounce sessions or lock horns with a spring-footed sportsman in a competitive bout of trampoline dodgeball. Stuffed with cushy body-molding material, Sky High's daunting foam pit dares treasure-seekers to scour its depths for the lost contents of bygone pockets. A crack team of court supervisors keeps watch over the proceedings, ensuring each guest's safety while upholding Sky's High's golden rules.
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