Stereotypically, laser-tag games are designed for weekend warriors and adrenaline junkies craving a nonlethal form of combat warfare. All too often, these scenarios fuel aggression and salty sailor talk in both adults and teens. But Command Deck, the latest laser-tag hotspot, has a different target in mind: moms.
Command Deck allows matriarchs to breathe a much-needed sigh of relief by setting aside most of its business hours to Tiny Tag—laser tag designed specifically for the 12-and-under crowd. They even impose age and height restrictions so that every match is a fair fight. Thoroughly vetted and charismatic referees watch over each campaign, and a live video feed enables parents to watch their little infrared warriors from afar. For those who want to take the action outside, Command Deck also offers mobile laser-tag services that add excitement to any backyard barbecue or job interview.
The guides at Simply Fly Fishing Utah are not only expert fishermen, but they're adept at finding interesting, off-the-beaten-path locations for wading in and fishing. Their half- and full-day fly-fishing trips explore the scenic shores of the Provo and Weber rivers, but some of their trips dip into more secluded and rugged locales, such as Old Man Patterson's swimming pool. Each outing can be tailored to any experience level—the guides pride themselves on making fly-fishing non-intimidating to beginners, covering basic topics such as baiting the hook and casting the heavy line into a current. And because they know that preparation is always key, the guides provide regular updates on river conditions and hatching seasons.
The passionate trio of guides at Open Water Fishing isn't content to compete with the swarms of amateur anglers vying for fish on the state's most popular waters. Instead, the team takes heed of their motto, "the fishing is best where fewest go." To that end, they gather up bait, tackle, and eager patrons at their home base in Provo and travel to five less-trodden rivers throughout Utah. During excursions, they'll show fishermen of all levels how to snare wild cutthroat trout on Upper Fish Creek, brown trout at Diamond Fork, or rainbow trout on Strawberry River. The guides practice catch-and-release, frowning upon the more popular catch-and-send-as-a-jury-duty-stand-in. They also provide snacks and drinks on every trip.
For runners at the starting line of Run13, LLC's signature half-marathons, 10Ks, and 5Ks, it's all downhill from there. The organization plots many of its events on a breezy downhill route, giving beginning runners a leg up on their first race and experienced runners a better shot at a personal record. But runners aren't the only ones that benefit. The Racing Cane 10K, 5K, and 1K benefits children in the Dominican Republic's impoverished cane-shack communities, using shoe collections and race registrations to help them break out of the cycle of poverty. And for every race, the organization designates a charity to donate its proceeds to, often taking suggestions from its fans or the magic 8 ball that presides over all affairs.
Owned and operated by its guides, Runoff River Adventures has attracted some of the best river navigators in the business. Each guide has personally traversed more than 200 rivers, whose collective currents criss-cross countries across the world. The aquatic experts wield this experience as they guide kayaking and rafting expeditions down courses that can pass through roiling rapids or stick to calmer areas, such as goldfish bowls. Instructors also helm paddling and rafting courses, which focus on oar work and the art of the lake roll and river roll. Once they have mastered the basics, adventurers can confidently sally forth for self-guided tours in inflatable or non-inflatable kayaks, rafts, and innertubes that function as both flotation devices and very large headbands.