The Washington State University women's basketball team faces its historic rival, the University of Washington, in an epic showdown of pivots, passes, and fadeaways. Don your crimson and gray gear, and get situated in a premier seat behind the benches for the 7:30 p.m. tip-off at Beasley Coliseum, the Cougars' natural hunting habitat. The roster pops with fast-breaking talent, keeping fans on the edge of their seats or portable recumbent bicycles. Cheer on the Cougars solo, or corral a troop of Groupon-holding friends or semifriendly town criers to root for a WSU victory.
Rugged mountains, lush valleys, and churning rivers surround participants during Heaven's Gate Outfitters' adventurous expeditions into the Idaho wilderness. A staff of avid outdoor enthusiasts leads horseback rides and hikes at elevations of up to 7,500 feet along the Seven Devils Mountains and Hells Canyon. They can also voyage to idyllic mountain lakes and the nearby Salmon River for rafting and fishing trips, during which participants might nab salmon or trout. To further familiarize patrons with the backcountry's wildlife, Heaven's Gate Outfitters can arrange multiday pack trips and shelter travelers inside its own private lodge.
The EWU Eagles play their home games at the recently renovated Roos Field, which boasts an intimidating red-turf surface called the “Inferno”—confused opposing teams frequently draw up plays involving hopping from couches to pillowcases in an attempt to avoid this “lava.” The family pass allows two adults and three children, or two adults and three cleverly disguised vuvuzelas, the opportunity to taste the festive atmosphere of college football. Tickets can be redeemed at the box office and are valid for the best available seats.
Colorful flower arrangements and golden-oak wood tones brighten the styling stations at International Beauty Education Center II, where students carefully perform services as they work toward cosmetology, manicuring, and aesthetician licenses. With intensive study of the beauty industry and a fresh perspective on new trends, the students are able to avoid accidentally giving clients the hairdos of the Founding Fathers. They perform waxing treatments, manicures, haircuts, and skin-cleansing services. Treatments include anti-aging facials, tangerine-escape manicures, and chocolate-mint-mousse spa pedicures.
Sky explorers sail into the ether over Lewis-Clark Valley, buoyed by one of AirQuest Adventures' multicolored hot air balloons. Upon arrival, air-bound pairs nosh on complimentary breakfast pastries as the flight crew prepares their high-flying chariot, then attend a preflight briefing before taking off at sunrise or sunset—the times when air conditions are least likely to interrupt in-flight naps. Soaring over the valley provides an eagle's-eye view of the area's whitewater rivers, gaping canyons, lush forests, and vast fields that reveal the occasional crop circle caused by genetically modified seeds. After the trip, customers celebrate solid ground with a champagne toast before reboarding the shuttle.
The Fairways Golf Course’s layout unfurls over rolling terrain teeming with wetlands and native grasses. Multiple water hazards and fast greens pose challenges for experienced players, and relatively open fairways and a set of closer, forward tees cater to golfers of all experience levels. A dramatic conclusion awaits at the par-4, 419-yard 18th hole—the course’s most challenging hole—where golfers must contend with a dog-leg right and a small pond that arches around the front and left sides of the green. Golfers can prepare for the round at the driving range and practice green, or simply ask the course’s beverage-cart operator for the liquid cure for a slice-prone swing.