Eschewing traditional race rules and methods, Dirty Dashers must overcome a slew of mud-slicked obstacles, including mucky climbing hills, crawling pipes, slip 'n slides, and bear hugs from Pigpen. Organizers encourage runners to sign up with friends to foster a fun-loving environment, and along the way, racers fuel up at optional beer- or root-beer-chugging stations. Further demonstrating its commitment to outdoor high jinks, each event's registration fees, donations, water-balloon sales, and shoe donations benefit local charities, such as NM[X]—an arts and athletics youth organization—and the Seattle-based Redeeming Soles charity, which dispenses gently used footwear to those in need.
The team of guides at Waters West Guide Service are fully licensed, insured, and CPR-certified fishing guides. They are also justifiably confident. Every time they take a jet sled or drift boat full of eager amateurs out onto the waters of Oregon and Washington, they guarantee that the group will catch a fish. Furthermore, they back up this bet by offering half price on the next excursion on the off chance that the fish don't bite. They are also able to make such predictions because their fisheries of choice?such as Buoy 10 near Astoria, Oregon, Drano Lake, and the Wynoochee River?are positively teeming with fish. Depending on their chosen excursion and the time of year, trawlers can expect to haul aboard prime specimens of salmon, sturgeon, steelhead, or trout during charters lasting from a half-day (up to 5 hours) to a full day (up to 9 hours).
Behind a backdrop of blue skies and the distant ranges of Mount Rainier, players sharpen their swings at Airport Golf & Batting Center. The mountain serves as the ultimate target for slinging long drives inside the heated, lit, and covered driving range. A nine-hole executive course with new blocks and greens stands ready to host players ready to move beyond banking chip shots over the neighbor's pool. Scratching the sports itch doesn't stop with just golf, as the center also houses a bank of indoor batting cages, each outfitted with pitching machines that sling baseballs up to 60 miles per hour.
Pilates at Play takes its name seriously. Yes, that goes for both parts. When Trisha Hatfield Graves opened the studio in 1998, she was required to undergo a grueling three-year program and log more than 1,000 internship hours before she could claim the title of a fully certified Pilates instructor and open one of the first fully equipped studios in the Seattle area.
But just because Trisha and her instructors are so focused on the strengthening and healing techniques of traditional Pilates doesn't mean they don't also know how to have fun. Their expansive 1,800-square-foot studio resembles a playground more than a gym, complete with bright colors and swings hanging from the ceiling. Besides traditional Pilates mat and equipment classes, the group leads aerial Pilates and Swing-a-lates classes that use playground swings for core-strengthening exercises, and spinal decompression. Additionally, the instructors lead pole and chair dancing classes, which draw on the principals of lyrical dance to give women a fun and flirty workout.
Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf encompass 18 holes set aglow in neon and covered with exotic creatures. As they travel through the indoor facility, each glowing putter must navigate around a wrecked pirate ship, shoot between stubby dinosaur legs, and wrest their clubs from the mouths of alligators in what typically amounts to a 40- to 60-minute-plus round of golf. To accentuate glowing balls, scorecards, and the course's artwork and scenery, which include underwater, jungle, and dinosaur themes, golfers can opt to put on a pair of 3-D glasses for an additional fee. Besides welcoming families, friends, and dates, Shankz is able to host birthday parties, team-building, and other group activities. Beyond the neon greens, Shankz also features the Ballaster air cannon system, in which competitors fire Nerf balls from air cannons at targets and at each other to score points and ward off encroaching Nerf army tanks.
Six distinct wineries make up the South Sound Wine Trail. At each stop, visitors sample flights of handcrafted wines and meet the winemakers that produce them, using grapes from some of Eastern Washington's best vineyards. The award-winning wineries of the South Sound Wine Trail include, Stottle Winery, Madsen Family Cellars, Northwest Mountain Winery, Medicine Creek Winery, Scatter Creek Winery, and Walter Dacon.