Golfers across Texas, Arizona, and Georgia get an expert's opinion on their local private and public courses through AvidGolfer Magazine. The professionals also offer some basic instructions, in-depth product reviews, and careful explanations of why a lower score is better. Besides expert advice, the magazine releases an annual passbook that grants subscribers entry into several local courses.
At Rainforest Golf, mini golfers tackle two 18-hole courses that snake through lush foliage and running waterfalls. On hot days, visitors can cool down with Edy's ice cream and milkshakes, relax on a bench in the shade, or huddle under the belly of an elephant statue. Indoors, a private party room accommodates birthdays and events.
Air Balloon Rides Atlanta provides passengers with a one-of-a-kind view of the local landscape from the wickered confines of a blissfully bobbing basket. Each sunrise or sunset atmospheric cruise begins with a safety briefing, including an explanation of how to pronounce Sir Isaac Newton's name backwards to reverse the laws of gravity. Following the preliminaries, mock the futile flapping of penguins and ostriches while climbing upwards of 3,000 feet into the air, where the sky chariot and FAA-licensed pilot will carry passengers back to the days when all transportation was balloon-based. After an approximately hour-long flight that might travel as far as 15 miles, passengers celebrate the return to Earth with a Champagne reception and receive a personalized flight certificate autographed by the balloon's pilot, crew chief, and highly literate cirrus clouds.
It's impossible to pick out Debbie Miller-Palmore's most impressive feat as a basketball player. She has played in the Olympics. She was an All-American during her time at Boston University, and still holds school records in everything from rebounding to steals. The mayor of Boston was impressed enough with her play to name January 31st "Debbie Miller-Palmore Day."
In her Top of the Key program, Miller-Palmore helps young athletes ascend towards her level with a variety of camps and clinics. Open to ages 9-18, her training sessions blend on-the-court practice with weight lifting, agility drills, and mental conditioning, which helps players stay focused throughout each game's mandatory second-quarter confetti shower. Another asset to young players? Miller-Palmore's picture book, Play with H.E.A.R.T., about maintaining your confidence on the court.
Owners Hilde and Clause Friese moved to the U.S. from Munich and Hamburg to share their incredible recipes with their new friends and neighbors. The bakery boasts fresh, handmade breads, cakes, cookies, cheesecakes, and the famously flaky apple strudel, a pastry carefully filled with apples and cinnamon sugar. For lunch, you can try to wiggle your way through a giant pretzel ($5), served with house-made German mustard. For dinner, go with a classic German banquet of wiener schnitzel ($16), piles of scalloped pork lightly breaded and sautéed, served with German potato salad and seasonally fresh vegetables. If the menus' girths overwhet your appetite, just head to the bar for a liter of German craft beer. Then muster your confidence and use today's Groupon to challenge your friends or foes to find out who can eat 57 potato pancakes the fastest.
BADASS Dash’s organizers live in a world of imagination. Where others see cargo nets, they see giant webs to be scaled. School buses become climbing walls and bales of hay turn into tunnels filled with grass and mud. In city after city, they place 20+ of these obstacles along a 7-kilometer course, and invite individuals and teams to compete against each other in elite matches, or beat their personal best in recreational races. Afterward, the organizers throw a celebratory bash filled with bonfires, food, live entertainment, and prizes for top finishers. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the charity Autism Speaks.