Flat surfaces and straight lines are exceedingly rare in nature, represented only by frozen lakes, spider webs, and snakes in full-body casts. Wind through an off-road ride the all-natural way with today’s Groupon: for $99, you get a three-hour introduction to off-roading at Legendary Excursions in Tremont (a $199 value). Car rental is not included in today's Groupon, so participants must bring their own SUV with 4x4 capability or rent one of Legendary Excursions' 4x4 jeeps for an extra charge ($149).
Legendary Excursions' experienced wheelmen, who teach off-road racing pros, impart the tactics of navigating unpaved environments through off-road driving courses that help guests tame their stock 4x4’s or SUV’s. After a short classroom session, students hop on their steel steeds for applied drive time, learning tricks of the trade such as dislodging their vehicles out of snowdrifts, deep mud, or their neighbors’ living rooms. The course bounces participants around the hills and bowls of Rausch Creek Off Road Park, a 3,000-acre thrill-farm where rogue boulders issue challenges from Rock Creek. Drivers can share the momentous excitement with one passenger if they so choose, though passengers and drivers are not allowed to switch spots. Make a reservation to enroll in this expedition along the path less taken, with it’s marked lack of concrete, traffic lights, or warning signs of construction working deer.