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.
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.
The 7 Summits Adventure Race (7SAR) is inspired by one of the climbing world's greatest challenges: scaling each continent’s highest peak. That means Mt. Everest in Asia, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Vinsson Massif in Antarctica, and so on. One of the elite climbers who mastered that challenge, in an effort to make the thrill of the conquest more accessible to everyone, founded the 7 Summits Adventure Race.
The exhilarating obstacle course, which has both a 3- and 7-mile route, is divided into seven sections, with challenge and scenery inspired by every continent's highest peaks. Throughout their treks, runners encounter obstacles designed by a former US Navy SEAL BUD/S Instructor to test them mentally and physically, including barbed wired crawls, ziplines, ladder crossings, and live weapons firing blanks. Race registration includes access to live music, food, and drinks, and 7 Summits donates $5 of each registration fee to One Day’s Wages, Children’s Cancer Research Fund, and Disabled American Veterans.
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).
For two days each spring and each fall, Chehalis Valley Wine Tour participants can choose their own adventure in the lush Washington valley. The tour has no set route?participants visit at least six wineries, such as Agate Creek Cellars and Scatter Creek Winery, in whichever order they choose. At every one, they sip samples of boutique vintages poured into their passport wineglasses, glassware that also functions as a tour ticket. There are hors d'oeuvres for revelers to nibble on, too, all much tastier than the original winery snack: bacon-wrapped corks.
The saying goes that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither are wineries, for that matter. That’s why though Scatter Creek Winery just passed its eighth birthday, its history stretches back many years before that, when husband and wife team Terril and Andrea Keary began cultivating the vines, recipes, and skills needed to create their unique wine blends.
Their hard work has paid off—their wines have racked up 10 medals and awards from local news outlets and festivals, most falling upon the glasses of Valley de Bon Blanco for the gewurztraminer’s dry flavor and elderberry notes. During tasting sessions, guests can sample the award winners and others, such as the spicy yet fruity Creekside Rossa pinot noir and the Glaciers End ice wine.
In the gift shop, guests can pick up bottles emblazoned with artwork from local artist Leslie Kilbourne or pick up supplies to brew their own beer or wine at home, ensuring that they no longer have to wait until their juice boxes ferment.