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.
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.
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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.
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.
Drawing on skills accrued over the course of nearly three decades in business, the skilled techs at Big Foot Carpet Cleaning brighten shag with commercial-grade truck-mounted cleaning equipment. Powered by bruising exterior motors, the cleaning gear harnessing the power of superheated steam and hungry vacuums to whisk away evidence of spilled food, grimy footprints, or attempts to make your own paint. In addition to their cleansing prowess, technicians are also available for free estimates prior to undertaking any job.
In addition to the standard cleaning process described above, Big Foot Carpet Cleaning is also ready to tackle more complex jobs. To combat truly heinous stains, they'll occasionally bust out the RX-20, whose three-jet system pulls up moisture with five distinct vacuum heads. The unit makes 250 complete rotations per minute, much like a rotisserie chicken cooked by an extremely hungry person. Crews can also use their high-powered equipment to rehab upholstery, clean an area rug, or nix dirt from dingy tile and grout.
Snap Fitness 24-7, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its state-of-the-art facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneaker to treadmill or lift their first weight, personal coaches meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting a personalized fitness plan based on each client's strength, and cardio condition. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthy eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists.