Kevin O'Leary, President of Pacific Powerboating and Coast Guard–licensed captain, guides intimate groups of sight-seeking passengers through the California Delta aboard a Bayliner yacht. Small tour groups cast off from Moore's Riverboat restaurant docks in a 38-foot, USCG–documented pleasure-cruiser fitted with cutting-edge safety and communications gear. While skimming along the pristine, ecologically diverse California Delta waterways, guests may catch glimpses of more than 600 species of animals, including white herons trawling for fish, river otters scampering, or snowy egrets majestically landing their biplanes in the reedy shallows. For a break from the flora, the captain leans on experience contributing to Bay and Delta Yachtsman magazine to curate a docket of stops at local hotspots and hidden gems.
Like their wizard mascot, the technicians of Bugs Be Gone Pest Control Management zap household pests and rodents. Though not clad in starry robes, they rid homes and businesses of invasive bugs with their expertise in alchemical concoctions. The exterminators also trek onto pest-ravaged lawns and gardens to save chewed-up plants and arachnophobic lawn gnomes.
The Pedaler Bike Shop spruces up street steeds and their doting owners with an enormous cache of cycle-centric equipment, apparel, and accessories. Though the store prides itself on its expertise regarding road and mountain bikes, it supplies tubes, tires, wheels, seats, and footy-pajamas for two-wheelers of every breed. Outfit rigs with the 2010 Planet Bike Superflash/Blaze combo set ($59.99), which employs forward- and backward-beaming, superbright LEDs to, increase the bike's visibility for up to one mile. The 2011 Specialized Henge expert saddle ($99.99) coddles nether regions with a sleek shape and sturdy-yet-cozy Micromatrix top, and the 2010 Bell Faction helmet ($40) provides the resilience and protection of Sylvester Stallone's biceps. An array of clothing and shoes is also available, ensuring rider and ride are outfitted to a tarmac-pounding tee.
The Berkeley Bikes & Skateboards team keeps skate and bike wheels steady with a comprehensive offering of components, accessories, and maintenance services. Specialists are on hand to adjust brakes, derailleurs, hubs, and bearings in professional tune-ups, and they keep riders safely equipped with a supply of Continental tires, Kryptonite U-locks, and Kali helmets to prevent injury from unexpected downpours of cats or dogs. In addition, the shop carries a full line of custom West Art skateboards hand painted by artists Ian and Adahn Stewart. The colorful decks showcase rhythmic, surreal, and chaotic scenes ideal for displaying on walls or boastful refrigerators.
Green Choice Moto helps wayfarers surf the streets aboard one of their ride-ready fleet of gas-less, electric-powered Xingyue scooters. Solo riders or go-minded twosomes can whisk around town for three hours at near 20 mph, enjoying the thrill of dual-wheels, reveling in the rush of wind, and basking in the envy of people commuting via pogo stick. Thrill seekers can rev up the brushless electric motor of the Xingyue TDR 826z, throw their things in the front basket, and cruise through town, or they can hop on a midsize Xingyue TDP 2492 equipped with cruise control, side mirrors, and a horn for answering the call of over-excited, arm-pumping semi drivers. Though not included in today’s Groupon, helmetless riders can rent noggin protection from Green Choice for an additional fee ($5).
The history of wine in the Livermore Valley spans 250 years. Spanish missionaries planted the region's first grapes in the 18th century, and Robert Livermore sowed the first commercial vines in the mid-19th. These early efforts led to America's first international gold medal for wine at the 1889 Paris Exposition, when California grapes beat out bordeaux in the annual race to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The guides at Livermore Valley Wine & Cycle Tours lead cyclists into this historic, scenic valley in which some 40 wineries currently reside. Rides between them follow moderate routes, letting peddlers soak in views of the canyons and ridges that rise and fall between the clustered rows of vines.