Montreal, A Beautiful City With So Much To Offer.

Are you looking for a fabulous vacation spot that offers history, music, world class dining, festivals etc…? Then Montreal, Quebec is just the spot for you!

Montreal is a beautiful city with so much to offer. They hold the largest number of festivalsmontreal(1) each year, than any other city. From the Just for Laughs comedy festival to the Jazz music festival and so much more. The calendar of events is always full and no matter what time of year that you visit, you are bound to find something exciting and fun to suit your interests.

History surrounds you when you visit Montreal, in 2017, the city will be celebrating its 375th anniversary! What a perfect time to visit and take a stroll around the Old Port, or maybe even a calèche (horse and buggy) ride.

victoria-express-entryThe dining experience in Montreal can be considered second to none. Restaurants and bistros offer choices from all over the world, and of course, local Quebec cuisine! You must of course give the smoked meat and poutine a try! You will not be disappointed!

While the Canadian dollar is on the lower end recently, Montreal makes for a very affordable trip for those American travelers looking for something new to see and do. You can also find many great deals for travel, lodging and dining.

Treat yourself, visit one of the most beautiful cities in North America. Enjoy the food, the Old_montreal_street_sceneculture and the history. You will love every minute of it!

We absolutely love Montreal.

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Swim With the Dolphins With Neptune Charlie’s!

Are you looking for the adventure of a lifetime? Will you be visiting the Big Island of Hawaii? Do you want to have an experience that you will NEVER forget??? Then you MUST plan and book a trip with Neptune Charlie’s Ocean Safaris!

See how close the dolphins swam up to Willem!

See how close the dolphins swam up to Willem!

We were lucky enough to be hosted by this fantastic company again, on our most recent visit to the Big Island. They never fail to deliver on a wonderful time.

Everyone involved with this business is fantastic. From the owners to the office staff to the crew!

We had the best time. Our day trip consisted of swimming with pods of wild dolphins. We saw even more on this trip than on our last. These dolphins are not shy and swim right up to you! Time on board the boat is filled with laughter and information. The folks who work with Neptune Charlie’s Ocean Safaris are truly fabulous. So personable and so well informed!

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We also took a trip out for the manta ray swim one evening, but the weather wasn’t the most cooperative. We did see a few, but the water was murky this time around. We still had the best time! The sunset from on board, before the swim was beautiful, the conversation with the other guests and the crew was beyond enjoyable. And we laughed at too many bad jokes!DSC_0423

Neptune Charlie’s Ocean Safaris offers a variety of different trips. From swimming with the dolphins, to the manta ray dive, to whale watching. There is something for everyone. ScubDSC_0330a and snorkeling is offered. You can of course, bring your own equipment, but they are well equipped for everyone. They offer refreshments on board too.

 

I promise you, if you are making the trip to the Big Island, you must contact Neptune Charlie’s Ocean Safaris and book at least one trip with them while you are there. You will NOT be disappointed!

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Big Mouse, Little Mouse in Southern California

SANTA ANA, California – There’s more than one mouse to visit when you go to Southern California. The internationally recognized Big Mouse, of course, is named Mickey, and he’s in Anaheim. The not-nearly-as-well-known Little Mouse is in Santa Ana and definitely is worth finding, too.

The Big Mouse has Cinderella’s Castle and an encounter with Pirates of the Caribbean, while the Little Mouse has baguettes, macaroons in a dozen flavors, colorful fruit tarts, and croissants that would make you slap your French mama.

A rainbow of macaroons and fruit tarts brighten the pastry case. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

A rainbow of macaroons and fruit tarts brighten the pastry case. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

La Petite Sourie (the Little Mouse) is a tiny French bakery that’s an anomaly at one end of a collection of strip mall fast food establishments. It’s off W. MacArthur Blvd. near South Coast Plaza.

Without being tipped off, you’d not even notice La Petite Sourie, located as it is next to Pick Up Stix for Asian food, Wing-Stop for chicken wings, Subway for sandwiches, and Philly’s Best for cheesesteaks. In a world of ubiquitous fast food, there stands a genuine French bakery.

Make a croissant the first course at breakfast. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

Make a croissant the first course at breakfast. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

It’s the domain of baker Christian Chereau, a slim man with sparkling eyes and a big smile. Reading his bio on the bakery’s website is an exercise in French awards and world geography. Chereau has worked in and owned bakeries throughout France and in Morocco and Vietnam. In 2012, he packed his spatula and headed for California.

He fills a spacious display case at La Petit Sourie every day with carefully crafted fruit tarts and a rainbow of macaroons, offers crusty baguettes ($1 and $2), and somehow manages to prepare omelets, soups, quiches, and salads, too. Then, in the middle of the night, he starts all over again.

It seems an inordinate amount of work, but he explains it all with a shrug, a smile and this comment: “It’s small, it’s busy, it’s fun.”

It’s also worth all the calories you can consume.

La Petite Sourie is the lone independent in a strip of franchise restaurants. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

La Petite Sourie is the lone independent in a strip of franchise restaurants. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

 

 

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Touches of Disney Magic on a Dreary Day

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Even if you arrive at the Disneyland Resort on a chilly, drizzly afternoon, it’s easy to encounter magic touches that brighten the day.

When the bellman at the Grand Californian Hotel detected my anxiety about his putting my computer case in storage, he quickly put a “FRAGILE/Handle With Care” sticker on it.

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After hours on my feet, it was a treat to find an unusual bathroom amenity – a tube of mint foot rub. “Cooling mint and marine extracts instantly soothe tired feet and rapidly smooth away dryness,” says the label.

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Who wouldn’t brighten up a bit when the pianist at the grand piano in the hotel lobby elicits memories of “The Sound of Music” with a cheery rendition of “My Favorite Things”?

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You don’t need sorcerer’s apprentice to cast a spell to feel better when you pull an easy chair near a crackling fire, enjoy some quiet conversation and nurse a nice cocktail.

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A Heavenly Gastronomic Experience: Roy’s Waikoloa.

Once again we were treated like royalty at the wonderful Roy’s Waikoloa.

You seriously will have a hard time trying to beat the quality of the food that is served here, as well as the awesome service.

From assistants, up to the general manager, you will be hard pressed to find a more professional team in food service.

The food itself is exquisite and flavourful. Prepared with such care and talent. A feast for both the eyes and the palate.

roys1We were served wonderful appetizers, seasoned edamame, grilled Szechuan spiced baby back ribs and bacon Caesar Brussel sprouts. These on their own could have very well been dinner. Each was fantastic. Accompanied by one of their famous mai tais, roys2they all made for the perfect beginning of a glorious evening.

For my main course, I chose one of the newer items on the menu; a dish of seared diver scallops served with thyme butter quinoa and macadamia vinaigrette. I must say this addition to the menu will have any seafood lover coming back for more. The scallops roys3were tender and delicious and the quinoa was beautifully prepared.

Willem’s main course consisted of an 8oz Hawaii rancher’s filet roys4Mignon with smoked onion puree … medium rare, tender, juicy and would definitely be a repeat order.

As we were chatting and discussing this amazing meal, I had a chocolate soufflé placed on the table in front of me. The best way to describe this dessert is sinful! Oh my, it was still hot, served roys5with French vanilla ice cream, you cut into it with your fork and a hot, rich chocolate sauce spills out. This was by far the best way to top off the meal.

Roy’s Waikoloa is one of my favourite stops when we are lucky enough to visit the Big Island of Hawaii….

Awesome food, first class service and great atmosphere. You really need to add them to your bucket list and pay them a visit. You will NOT be sorry.

The sinful chocolate soufflé .... I still dream about it!

The sinful chocolate soufflé …. I still dream about it!

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To Market, to Market in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, California – In a state known for celebrities, food is the real celebrity in the capital city, Sacramento – especially on Sunday mornings and despite the fact movie star governors aren’t unusual.

Your choices are limited only by what's in season. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Your choices are limited only by what’s in season. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

The reason is the Sacramento Certified Farmers’ Market, the official name of what most locals call the Sunday Farmers’ Market Under the Freeway. The casual name comes because all of the cantaloupe fondling and tomato pinching happens underneath an elevated portion of U.S. 80 at 8th and W Street. After awhile, you don’t even notice the rumble of the cars and trucks overhead.

It’s quite the spectacle. As many as 110 farmers, plus four bakeries and two fish sellers, artfully arrange tables of guaranteed-fresh California produce and try to entice some of the wandering thousands of shoppers to take their food home. The four-hour event (8 a.m. until noon) can attract 12,000 people.

Dan Best. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Farmers’ market coordinator Dan Best. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

“This is direct from the farm, direct from the field, with cash straight to the farmers’ pockets,” said market coordinator Dan Best, who declared he’d probably be a volunteer helper if his paying job with the Certified Farmers’ Markets of Sacramento County didn’t exist.

Some of America’s most fertile cropland is right here in California’s Central Valley, producing 230 crops that get shipped all over the country and internationally. (Trivia: California exports more sushi rice to Japan than Japan grows for itself.)

Imagine how much fresher and better the produce is at the Sunday Farmers’ Market Under the Freeway than at your local supermarket.

Produce often comes with good conversation. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Produce often comes with good conversation. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Those brilliantly orange carrots, those firm bell peppers and those tempting tomatoes probably spent no more than an hour or two in the beds of their growers’ pickup trucks before going on display. Know, too, that the farmers can bring delicate items to the market, ones never meant for packaging and shipment nationwide.

“Our purpose is saving the small-acreage farm. We put a face on people’s food,” Best said.

Not all broccoli is created equal. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Not all broccoli is created equal. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Indeed, talking with the farmers is one of the treats of visiting the market. Learn about Romanesco broccoli (that peculiar-looking vegetable was new to me), ask about the flavor of the honey or get coached about which avocado to buy.

You might think that the farmers’ market is strictly for locals, but think again. Even if you have a plane to catch the next day, you can load up a picnic basket with whatever fruits are in season, a loaf of fresh bread, a jar of honey, a bag of pistachios and other treasures and head for a picnic table at Old Sacramento, where Sacramento’s boom town days are recalled, or a bench in a city park. Some items make great gifts for the folks back home, too.

The Sunday Farmers’ Market Under the Freeway operates every Sunday of the year and is the largest in California. It has sister markets scattered around Sacramento County other days of the week. Some are open year-round, while others are seasonal.

Honey is a year-round good choice for a traveler's "souvenir" from the farmers' market. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Honey is a year-round good choice for a traveler’s “souvenir” from the farmers’ market. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Sacramento cultivates the nickname of America’s “Farm to Fork Capital,” a reputation that restaurants such as Mulvaney’s B&L, Grange, Blackbird Kitchen Beer Gallery, Kru and Ella Dining Room and Bar verify to visitors every day.

However, you can get even one step closer to the farm with a visit to the Sunday Farmers’ Market Under the Freeway.

Tips for a good farmers’ market experience in Sacramento

  • Bring cash in small denominations. Don’t expect farmers to take your American Express card.
  • Explore before you start buying. The farmers are competing, so you may find a better price for an item in the second place you look.
  • Trying to bargain for small items isn’t well received.
  • If the farmer isn’t too busy, enjoy some conversation about his farm and livelihood.
  • Keep track of your car keys. Market officials say keys are the No. 1 lost-and-found item. (Shoppers often find them in a produce bag, dropped there inadvertently after buying some of those beautiful veggies and fruits.)

Go to VisitSacramento.com for farmers’ market details, farm-to-fork suggestions and other ideas for exploring California’s capital city.

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Casting for Seafood in Kansas

WICHITA and MANHATTAN, Kansas – I went to Kansas expecting to order beef, beef and more beef – and enjoying every bite – until a salad crowned with a steelhead trout filet threw me off track at the first restaurant I visited.

Food that originally had fins instead of hooves ended up occupying much of my trip through the landlocked heartland. I was delighted that there were chefs who would give seafood a whirl in a state 650 miles from the nearest saltwater. Here are three finds in Wichita and two in Manhattan.

It was Taste and See in Wichita that started it all. I was ready for its Big Red Burger (grilled beef with andouille sausage, red apples, red wine onion jam and Amish blue cheese) until I saw the description of the Skinny Pink, a salad.

The Skinny Pink salad at Taste and See started the seafood journey. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

The Skinny Pink salad at Taste and See started the seafood journey. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

There, in the middle of beef country, was a temptation not to be denied – a “sensual and moist steelhead filet glazed with ginger and riding a plantain hashbrown” with carrots, cucumbers, avocados and organic spinach in a Mandarin sesame vinaigrette. A sea-run trout filet salad in Kansas? My friends in the Pacific Northwest would be proud.

In fact, the whole menu at Taste and See is unexpected and geographically diverse. Venezuela-born Chef Jason Febres has been on multiple TV network food shows, and he pops out items with influences from South America, Cuba, China, Indonesia, Spain, Italy, Portugal, India and elsewhere. All that may sound overly ambitious, but it’s not.

The Anchor is the neighborhood bar and grill everyone should want within a short cab ride of home. Concrete floors, funky décor, 58 beers on tap, bartenders who know their stuff and a kitchen that’s primed for bar food.

Every neighborhood deserves a bar at notable as the Anchor in Wichita (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Every neighborhood deserves a bar as notable as the Anchor in Wichita (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

There are wings, poutine, whole fried okra, fried pickles and more for starters. The variety of burgers will make your head spin. How about a Haystack (a beef patty piled with fries, covered in queso and served on Texas toast) or a Bratwurst Burger (a red wattle pork burger with Havarti cheese, mustard and beer-braised sauerkraut or apple relish that’s served on a pretzel bun)?

So what was my seafood salvation? I found a salmon BLT tucked among the sandwiches. It was a nice hunk of salmon flavored with bacon from the Chop Shop, a butcher shop affiliated with the restaurant, and accented with tomatoes, arugula and red onion and lemon dill aioli. I’d definitely found a bar and grill (and butcher shop) looking to please all types.

Comedienne Phyllis Diller had an artistic side. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Comedienne Phyllis Diller had an artistic side. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

In contrast to the funkiness of the Anchor is the Larkspur Bistro and Bar. Interesting art from Phyllis Diller (yes, the comedienne had an artistic streak, too) decorates inside walls, while a patio open to the Kansas skies entices when the weather is right.

The menu is a blend of Mediterranean, French, Italian and American, and the seafood is fresh. I started with calamari and crab cakes, bypassed a tempting entrée of lamb T-bones and settled on a nicely prepared Rocky Mountain trout with caper and pine nut butter.

There’s a good beer scene in Manhattan – not a surprise in a university town – making places such as the Little Apple Brewing Company popular.

The dedicated keep their mugs on display at the Little Apply Brewing Company. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

The dedicated keep their mugs on display at the Little Apple Brewing Company. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Giant steaks rule the menu (porterhouses, T-bones, ribeyes, strips and more), but the staff can suggest one of the many beers to match the Maryland crab cakes that provide an alternative to beef. Don’t let the restaurant’s strip mall location make you doubt this is an excellent dining choice. It’s been serving steaks, beer and crab cakes to the discerning since 1995.

Another big beer statement is made at the Tallgrass Tap House in Manhattan’s revitalized downtown. The main Tallgrass brewery is a few miles away (a wonderful new use for a building that used to house a Verizon call center), but there’s beer being brewed at the Tap House, too. There’s indoor seating and a rooftop deck with a view toward the Flint Hills.

Beer in the tanks and beer on tap at the Tallgrass Tap Room. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Beer in the tanks and beer on tap at the Tallgrass Tap Room. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

While beer is definitely the main attraction – with permanent selections such as 8-Bit Pale Ale and Buffalo Sweat, an oatmeal cream stout – there’s a solid bar food menu that’s heavy on items such as classic burgers and meatloaf sandwiches. I already was a fan of the oatmeal cream stout when I found yet another Kansas piscatorial meal – a plate of fish and chips made with beer-battered Atlantic cod.

For Wichita visitor information, go to VisitWichita.com, and for Manhattan visitor information, go to VisitManhattanKS.com.

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Down-home Dining in Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Du-Par’s Restaurant and Bakery is far from the flashiest attraction at the Fremont Street Experience, the old-turned-new entertainment district that was the original Las Vegas, but it is at the top of my list.

The entrance to Du-Pars is unassuming, but the food is great. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

The entrance to Du-Par’s is unassuming, but the food is great. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

You can have the SlotZilla Zip Line and the army of showgirls, superheroes and guys in Elvis costumes who will pose in photos with you. Give me a down-home restaurant with a pie of the month, waitresses in 1950s-style uniforms, steaming bowls of oatmeal and plates overflowing with omelets and hashbrowns.

If you have to wait in line to get in – not an uncommon experience – the pastry case you must stand beside really sets the stage. Gigantic pies beckon, and the oversized doughnuts make Krispy Kremes look positively wimpy.

Waitresses in 1950s-style uniforms make sure your cup stays full. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Waitresses in 1950s-style uniforms make sure your cup stays full. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

The restaurant’s address – One Fremont Street – tells a lot. There’s been a hotel/casino/restaurant on this corner since 1905.

The original was the Hotel Nevada, which expanded in 1931 and became the exotic-sounding Sal Sagev. Ideas of exotic evaporate when you realize that “Sal Sagev” is “Las Vegas” spelled backwards.

There was a watershed moment in 1955 when a group of Italian-Americans from San Francisco bought the site and created the Golden Gate Casino. That explains the framed photos of cable cars and other San Francisco scenes on the walls of Du-Par’s.

Pies and muffins are popular items at Du-Pars. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Pies and muffins are popular items at Du-Par’s. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

The hotel’s original restaurant was the Bay City Café (there’s still an etched glass panel with this name near the Du-Par’s counter for solo diners), and it claims credit for introducing shrimp cocktails to Las Vegas in 1959.

While all of this was going on in Las Vegas, two San Franciscans moved to Los Angeles to open a restaurant in 1938. They were James Dunn and Edward Parsons, and Du-Par’s uses parts of both partners’ names. The original continues at the Los Angeles Farmers Market, and there are four other Los Angeles-area locations.

You can't get more basic than hot oatmeal and cold orange juice. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

You can’t get more basic than hot oatmeal and cold orange juice. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

The home cooking and bakery treats of Du-Pars hopped over to Las Vegas in 2010, bringing comfort food to Sin City visitors 24 hours a day by occupying the Bay City Café space.

Du-Par’s brags on its buttermilk pancakes, daily soups and chicken pot pie, but it’s the bakery pies that are so special in today’s world of commercial sameness.

Consider this partial list: Green apple, peach, cherry, rhubarb, blueberry, boysenberry, gooseberry, pumpkin, mince, sweet potato, coconut custard, pecan, lemon meringue, coconut cream and banana cream – plus three flavors of cream cheese pies.

As wholesome and down-home as Du-Pars is, there’s no escaping that you’re in Las Vegas. Proof was a table tent in December that promoted the pie of the month (Bartlett pear) and solicited votes for a provocatively clad candidate for Miss Santa’s Helper.

This Miss Santa's Helper candidate solicited votes on table tents. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

This Miss Santa’s Helper candidate solicited votes on table tents. (Photo: Tom Adkinson)

Visit the website of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for a jackpot of information about the whole city.

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Ladies! Are You Looking For a More Stylish Fitness Tracker? Then the LEAF by Bellabeat is For You!

Unlike most fitness trackers out today, which tend to either be a rubber bracelet or a clip on for your belt that looks similar to the old style pedometers, the LEAF is a beautiful piece of jewelry.

 
The LEAF can be worn in four different ways. A bracelet, necklace, a brooch on the collar of your shirt or clipped onto your waistband. It is a very versatile piece of jewelry and it also comes in three different tones. Silver, Rose and gold.

Photo provided by Bellabeat Inc

Photo provided by Bellabeat Inc

 
I will tell you that like any fitness tracker or other device out there, it has its pros and cons. I do find that for the woman on the go, who wants something to not only track her activity for her, but also wants it to look nice while wearing her business or dress attire, then the LEAF is the best fit.

Photo provided by Bellabeat Inc

Photo provided by Bellabeat Inc

The LEAF will help you track your steps, your activity (it won’t let you be idle for long), your cycle and your sleep patterns. It also has breathing exercises that you can use to help you relax. This is a feature that I love!

 
The App for your phone that is free to download is very easy to use. Once you have synced your LEAF you are ready to go. Keeping track of everything you need to stay fit and healthy.

 
I will tell you, I tried wearing it every way you can. The most accurate step readings are when it is worn on your waistband or as a brooch on your collar. The only problem I had is that when on the waist of your pants, it can slip off easily. As a brooch, there is no problem at all, you don’t even notice it is there.

Photo provided by Bellabeat Inc

Photo provided by Bellabeat Inc

 
As a bracelet it is far too sensitive and over counts your steps by a large margin. I also found it a bit bulky, as I have very small wrists. As a necklace it is beautiful, but doesn’t count steps very well.

 
So, try it every way and see which works best for you. If you want my advice, stick to wearing it on your collar!

Photo provided by Bellabeat Inc

Photo provided by Bellabeat Inc

 

 

One thing I really love about this tracker is the ability to use their breathing exercises to relax. Anyone who has ever had to run through and airport after being held up at security knows how badly you can sometimes need to just BREATHE! The LEAF has a few different exercises that you can do, all with music available to download.

I think the LEAF is a great addition to any woman’s wardrobe, so many of us are working on getting and staying fit, and this beautiful LEAF can help you do just that.

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Getting Dirty in Las Vegas

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Breathalyzer first, bulldozer second. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – It was a good thing that I passed the Breathalyzer test because that meant I got to drive one of Ed Mumm’s bulldozers.

Mumm’s business may seem a bit over the edge – it’s called Dig This and is a place where people with absolutely no experience can play around on earthmoving equipment – but he’s not about to let a tipsy customer climb into the cab of a Caterpillar bulldozer or excavator.

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You control 10 tons of bulldozer, but your coach is nearby. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

The location of Dig This is a surprise. It’s a five-acre patch of open land on South Rancho Drive with a clear view of the high-rise hotels and casinos just across the Las Vegas Freeway on the Las Vegas Strip. It’s a sandbox for adults, and the roaring diesel engines wait for the next group of people who want to play. The bulldozers and excavators are a far cry from what used to be here – miniature golf, bumper boats and go-karts.

The Dig This owner says women perform better than men. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

The Dig This owner says women perform better than men. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

Perhaps unexpectedly, Dig This is not just a men-will-be-boys place.

“Bachelorette parties love us, and truth be told, women often are better at the controls than men are,” Mumm said.

“That’s probably because women know how to follow instructions,” said one of my female companions for the day.

Regardless of gender, Mumm has had customers as young as 14 and as old as 86. All go through the same indoor training program and have the same guidance in the field.

In the classroom, instructor Junior Diaz explains the program as he maneuvers a toy bulldozer and a toy excavator around a tiny sandbox. The real pieces of equipment are no toys. The bulldozers waiting for you are D5G XL models weighing 19,862 pounds, and the excavators are 315CL models weighing 36,930 pounds.

Junior Diaz uses toys to explain how the real equipment works. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

Junior Diaz uses toys to explain how the real equipment works. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

“Don’t overthink this,” Diaz said, explaining that although you’ll be alone at the controls, you’ll be wearing a headset and in constant radio contact with a coach standing nearby. The coach, by the way, has a kill switch so he can shut down your machine if you try to make a run for the border.

The hotels and casinos of the Las Vegas Strip are just across the freeway from Dig This. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

The hotels and casinos of the Las Vegas Strip are just across the freeway from Dig This. (Photo by Tom Adkinson)

Your time at the controls can be either on a bulldozer or an excavator or both. Dig trenches, build mounds, create a “bulldozer teeter-totter” or put 2,000-pound equipment tires in a stack. There’s even an excavator skill game called “excavator basketball” where you use the excavator’s bucket to lift a basketball off of a traffic cone and then drop it into the goal, one of those one-ton equipment tires.

Excavate and Exfoliate

Las Vegas often makes for some odd pairings, and Dig This and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub at the Venetian and the Palazzo have teamed up for one of the most unusual package plans you’ll ever find.

“Excavate and Exfoliate” combines the roaring excitement of operating heavy equipment at Dig This with the soothing relaxation of the Canyon Ranch Spa. Just imagine yourself a heavy equipment operator after a hard day on the job site. What could be better than some steam room time, a massage and the refreshment of some cucumber water?

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