There's not a white T-shirt in sight at Mud Blast's finish line, though you might see a pink tutu. Messy terrain dominates the forests, fields, and river lands that line the race's five kilometers and the path to victory winds through tunnels, tires, hay-bale climbs, and other obstacles. Pits might lurk around any turn, threatening to cover runners in liquified dirt from head to toe to that marsupial pouch they didn't know they had. Mud blankets everyone who crosses the finish line: adults, teens, and even kids, who race through their own Mini Mud Blast course. Post-race celebrations add to the messy fun with awards for top finishers and best costumes.
The Mud Run's blend of competition and celebration occurs along the banks of both the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. These locations aren't arbitrary; proceeds from each run go towards the conservation of these river lands, thanks to the efforts of the Mud Blast's parent company, River Partners. The organization owns Willow Bend and is actively working to restore its more than 160 acres to riparian habitat as well as Dos Rios Ranch and its 1,600 acres of woodlands, flood plains, and working agricultural fields.
At McDaniel Training Center, horses from a variety of training backgrounds—some of which include award-winning show horses—populate the stable as they await their next ride, a group of young campers, or their trainers. With more than 70 years of horse training, the Center continues to rack up accolades, thanks to the center's talented instructors. The staff brings the same careful attention to group and private lessons in both English and Western styles. For clients with their own horses, the team puts their horse training pedigree to work, whether horses are fresh from the stable or are ready to sign autographs after their first horse show.
For Sandra Lin Joseph, Light Your Own Way isn't just the name of a business—it's an instruction for living a better, richer life. She has certainly followed her own advice, becoming an expert in disciplines as diverse as Reiki, intuitive massage therapy, and personal training. She draws on her extensive skill set to achieve the simple goal of helping her clients heal themselves. Maybe that's why she doesn't typically refer to herself as merely a "personal trainer" or "therapist." She prefers a more appropriate designation: "healing artist."
Madam Krystle helps her clients find their true path in life. Her readings include revelations about clients' past, love life, marriage, business, and other areas of life, helping them believe in her power before she starts on the future. People can discover who they are destined to marry or the job they are meant to have. Their palms and tarot cards help Madam Krystle peer into the past, present, and future.
When it comes to photographing weddings, Joey Houle doesn't miss a detail. After capturing the look of the morning sky and the prenuptial rituals of the bride and groom, he and a fellow photographer snap shots all the way through the reception's last dance. They amass candid images of newlyweds and their loved ones using a photojournalistic approach and natural light whenever possible. Joey applies the same style to his other sessions, in which he photographs engaged couples, families, and expectant moms.
At Famous Dave’s BBQ, hand-rubbed St. Louis-style spareribs smoke over a hickory fire for 3-4 hours. A generous helping of sweet and sassy sauce—made from Famous Dave’s secret recipe—seals in the ribs’ piquant flavor and also makes appearances on other barbeque specialties including country-roasted chicken and regular or boneless wings. Joining Famous Dave’s menu of barbecue staples are burgers and citrus shrimp fresh from the grill as well as sandwiches, southern sides, and desserts.