The son of a Navy officer, Mike Ainsworth spent much of his childhood island-hopping across the South Pacific. Regardless of the shore on which he landed, the budding fisherman celebrated the opportunity to test its surrounding waters for fish. Now, Ainsworth shares his passion and expertise for fishing on his guided trips. He tailors expeditions for beginners—teaching tricky maneuvers such as fly-casting and testing fish’s ability to grant wishes—and whisking groups to the best fishing spots in Washington State in his stable Hyde Professional Series drift boats.
Over the years, Ainsworth has helped tykes reel in fish that matched their height and watched amazed as a 78-year-old guest singlehandedly reeled in a 4-foot-long king salmon. Despite his own quest to mark off elusive prey from his personal fishing list, Ainsworth maintains that his favorite part of his fishing expeditions is the look on guests' faces when they reel in their very first catches, a moment he often captures on film.
Something strange happens as soon someone steps through the gates outside of Camlann Medieval Village. The past seven centuries of human existence instantly disappear, and that same person?who once existed in a world of smart phones and talking fire hydrants?now finds his or herself in living history museum of the medieval era. A narrow street winds through a rural village, where villagers make their artisanal goods in full view.
Another attraction inside Camlann Medieval Village is The Bors Hede Inne Restaurant, which keeps its doors open year-round. An innkeeper greets guests and welcomes them into the dining room, which is usually warmed by a roaring fireplace. There, glasses of mead accompany rotating monthly entrees made using authentic recipes right out of the 14th century.
The roughly 5-kilometer Survivor Mud Run challenges athletes from around the country with 20 mud-soaked obstacles, including monkey bars, tire courses, giant slip 'n' slides, and net climbs. A team of licensed contractors builds all the obstacles, ensuring stability throughout. The dirt-drenched course allows participants to put their stamina, physical fitness, and mental determination to the test in a much more fun and safer way than challenging a Central African chimpanzee to a staring contest. Adrenaline and sheer force of will boost runners over walls and beneath low-slung wires in the mud-filled trenches, leading them to the finish line where a post-competition party awaits with beer, music, and food. After each race, announcers honor the top three male and female participants in each age division.
Running through a dark tunnel. Crawling under barbed wire. Jumping over leaping flames. What sounds like a stroll through Evel Knievel's kitchen is actually Hell Run Seattle, a real-life battle of brawn and determination. Throughout the 3.15-mile course, athletes encounter 12 obstacles, including mud pits, burning barrel rings, and a 20-foot plank wall. At the end of the grueling race, participants throw back a beer, then unwind by boogieing to live music at the after-party.
The gritty, dirty fun of mud runs has become popular among runners, but the creators of The Slime Run thought they could improve on the formula. So in their races, they replace that mix of water and wet earth with their own custom formula: a green, slick slime that inevitably covers runners as they navigate a 5K course. After conquering each of four slime zones, they're presented with a relatively simple obstacle, but one whose objective is more difficult when you're coated in slime.
Of course, there's more fun to be had than just getting messy. At the finish line, a runner's party with food vendors, a beer garden, and live music awaits race finishers, as do perks: race medals, mugs, and headbands. At the end of the day, the emphasis is as much on safety as it is on fun, which is why each batch of slime is mixed from hypoallergenic, edible materials and not material left over from the set of Ghostbusters II.