Hearts B Rockin? Ranch unfurls across 12 acres, lined with trees and jovial with the rompings of the family dogs, cats, and potbellied pig. There, Baylee?the head instructor and an accomplished rider?rides alongside students to teach Western styles of riding. Lessons cover the basics of horsemanship, giving students saddles-on experience and information on safe interaction with, grooming, tacking, and tying the horse to prevent it from galloping away or coming into the saloon to ask for quarters to play Pac-Man. Beginning and intermediate riders start out with private lessons for one-on-one training, whereas group lessons gather like-minded, experienced equestrians.
Speeding tires sear the clay track at Millard County Raceway, where the area's boldest wheelmen sprint, draft, and slide with abandon around a quarter-mile oval. Amid the omnipresent sounds of revving engines and raucous crowds, drivers such as Scott Hardman—the 2012 Superstock champion—and IMCA modified standout Bryan Wordelman regale crowds with daring turns and fearless passes. The raceway hosts breathtaking races for mini and super stock cars, thunder trucks, and IMCA modifieds.
The Dirty Dash isn't the kind of race where runners try to set a new record. There are no ribbons or trophies for the first runner across the finish line either. That's because the real fun of this race isn't in winning, it's in the actual running itself. And watching groups of costumed adults play in the mud, of course.
Part light-hearted race, part military-style obstacle course, The Dirty Dash challenges runners with a course strewn with muddy obstacles with a focus on fun. In order to reach the finish, runners will have to hop over hay bales in mud pits, navigate rows and rows of tires set in wet soil, and even launch themselves down a foamy, 175-foot slip-n-slide. Besides the ultimate reward?the opportunity to spend a day in the mud?each participant also gets a t-shirt, pig tattoo, bandana, and pig decal, as well as a perfect excuse to visit their favorite dry cleaner.
David Goodwin’s back pain was so severe that he couldn’t bend over to sit on the floor and play with his kids. In his search for relief, he stumbled upon a CrossFit class. As he returned again and again for four months, he found that each week his pain was less than it had been the previous week. The results saved playtime with his kids and compelled him to complete his training certifications for CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Endurance.
Today, David works at Hermes CrossFit, where he and several other CrossFit Level 1–certified trainers guide exercisers of all fitness levels through CrossFit’s workout of the day. The routines incorporate a changing hodgepodge of bodyweight, gymnastic, Olympic lifting, plyometric, and dragon-tickling exercises that classes of students complete quickly and intensely.
"Death Elevated." That's the slogan at Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum, and while it might seem like an odd mantra at first, it makes perfect sense once you walk through the different exhibits. The museum celebrates things that?while no longer alive?left their mark on history, specifically in Eastern Utah. In one section stands fossils of dinosaurs, including carnivores and herbivores. For the little ones, the museum features a discovery area where kids can play, color, and take part in hands-on activities like dinosaur digs. Elsewhere, The Hall of Archeology and other exhibits trace human culture back 14,000 years, long before Paleoindians knew how to send text messages.