Backed by a landscape of rolling green hills, paintballers navigate a maze of trenches, only peering above ground with their be-goggled eyes for a careful survey. With 14 battlefields to choose from, paintballing combatants test their mettle while fostering team-building and strategization skills. Players fire off rounds from Tippmann or Kingman air guns while ducking behind rusted, paint-splattered oil drums, stacks of large tires, or the big yellow dump truck left behind by Godzilla's toddler. Each battleground presents a different challenge—the turf airball course is populated by inflatable obstacles, and the woodsball field forces teams to traverse forested grounds made hazardous by wetlands and overgrowth. After a grueling match, players can take refuge in the shaded picnic areas to rest, refuel, or brush up on Sun Tzu's lesser-known text, The War of Art.
A nonprofit charity dedicated to rejuvenating and rehabilitating at-risk and abused horses, Dude's Ranch Equine Rescue Center gives wayward stallions a second chance to prance. Amid the panoramic Western backdrops and tumbleweed quartet harmonies of the Acton ranch, the center reintroduces horses that have been abandoned or injured. Riders grab the reins during a two-hour trail ride, which begins with a supervised bonding experience as aspiring stable hands prepare their steeds for departure with grooming, tacking, and a complete oil change.
While traversing more than 30 obstacles and sprinting along hilly trails can be done when donning clean gym clothes, it's often more fun when those clothes are covered in mud. That's the idea behind the Hot An Dirty Mud Run—the themed 5K races blend running and obstacle scaling with mud pits and mud crawls. As participants challenge their endurance and mettle, they also get down and dirty, splashing down water slides and getting muddier than a mermaid's ant farm. At the end of the race, they can clean off in onsite showers to rejoin society's standards of cleanliness at the after-party, which boasts drinks, beer, food, and music. Portions of proceeds go toward Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that emotionally and financially assists soldiers wounded in combat.