Anyone can do it: Race car driving in Vegas

Before my "race," relaxing in the VIP lounge.

Before my “race,” relaxing in the VIP lounge.

One unassuming recent Saturday morning, I woke up, fed my dogs, showered, and headed to the last place on earth I ever thought I’d go — the racetrack. And I wasn’t even going to go watch a race. No… in my quest to show the world that the deserts of Las Vegas are jam-packed with ridiculous adventure stunts, I was going to be on the track. I am a notoriously bad driver and uninterested in learning how to drive one of these fast cars, but I was to quickly learn that I was not alone in my fears. But Exotics Racing is so awesome, that I still got to be right in the action. (Even too much in the action, according to some of the others…) As usual, I was the last of my eager adventure-seeking pals to show up for our activity, the last in our series of zip-lining, off-roading and hitting the gun range. I quickly signed my life away on the all-too-familiar waiver, and we were on our way. Vegas race car driving, I was about to learn, is quite the thrill!

 

 

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How I was a bad a** at the gun range

Who looks the most awkward? Yup, me. ©CraigNyman

Do you see me? Yes, I’m the one in the blue very awkwardly holding her first shot gun. Even little Swanky Dietician in the middle looks more comfortable than me. (Terissa to my left outlasted everybody — but she does have police work in her past.) I was a disaster. We rolled up to Pro Gun Club after an awesome day of off-roading, during a day of adventure organized by Galavantier. I had no idea what I was getting into. A lot of guys come to Vegas and go to the gun range, and I never got why. So today, I was going to find out. Our first stop was the shot guns, and they were every bit as awful as I expected. I had never held a gun in my life, and I was shaking all over. Then the darn thing was so heavy! You had to load it twice, shut it, and shoot at the clay disks coming in at various angles. I was so nervous that I never even got loaded up until everyone else had shot. And I didn’t want to shoot alone. So I didn’t last very long, but it was quite all right. I was just there to wrap my brain around the whole gun range thing, not to actually enjoy it.

Or so I thought.

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Had to do it once: Vegas gun range

Las Vegas is the bachelor party capitol of the world. About 99 percent of it, I will never, ever understand. So when I was offered the opportunity to go to a gun range, something it never occurred to me I’d do, I obviously jumped at the chance. I was nervous and didn’t get it and so out of my element it was ridiculous. What I didn’t expect? The insane adrenaline rush, relief when it was over — and that I’d really like one gun and loathe the others. I went to the Pro Gun Club as part of a day of adventure organized by Galavantier. That is sort of the best part: Even though all of this happens to be 15 minutes from MY house, I still didn’t have the courage to go alone. I met up with my friends on the Strip, and Galavantier arranged everything, from transportation and lunch — to the off-roading and gun-shooting. Doing some quick research on what the heck I was doing, and I’ll be back soon with a full post…

What a day!

I was a guest of Galavantier and Pro Gun Club, but all opinions are my own. Interested in having your own adventure sports day in Vegas? Galavantier is currently running a Summerlove Sweepstakes  where fans can unlock and win prize packs for “Liking” Galavantier on Facebook. 

Vegas Off Roading Experience

Ready to take care of business!

It always makes me laugh that people are so surprised that there’s life in Las Vegas off the Strip — let alone a world of adventure sports and outdoor activities. The reason I think this is so funny is because Vegas is literally in the middle of the desert. If you drive in from LA, you see nothing  but dirt for a good portion of the trip. Flying in? As you can see here, from my private jet experience, brown for as far as you can see — until the city pops up just as you’re about to land. From my office window, I can see the line where the city stops and nothingness begins. The guys who thought to build an entertainment wonderland in the middle of such barren land were geniuses!

So what do we do with all of this land in modern-day Las Vegas?

Adventure sports, of course!

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All smiles before my first time off-roading in the desert

GalavantierFrom grabbing a private jet charter all by myself, to off-roading in the desert — anything is possible in Las Vegas! Locals get a kick out of how many of the tourists who descend on our town think that there is no life beyond the Strip. Aside from the homes, restaurants, bars, grocery stores and everything else you could imagine, Vegas is home to a LOT of outdoor and adventure activities. Recently, I’ve zip-lined, been a biker chick, and even snow skied — yes, all in Vegas. This time, I got my adventure fix by off-roading, an activity with major history behind it thanks to the famous Mint 400 race, which inspired a certain Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Take it from me, after trying it just one time, you will see why he so fell in love with it. It was awesome! Here I am all smiles before taking off. The nerves came later!

 

My off-roading adventure was designed by Galavantier and provided via the Vore off-roading pros, but all opinions are my own.

Zip-lining in the Desert: Flightlinez

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

Our fearless zip-lining group (I’m on the left). ©JoAnna Haugen

As you might guess from the name of my blog, sporty I am not. But occasionally my thirst for doing new things outweighs my commonsense about my own lack of athletic ability, and off I go. This time: zip-lining with Flightlinez at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City (about 20 minutes outside of town). I figured it couldn’t be as scary as the time I chickened out on a challenge course at Miraval Spa, and I survived skiing for the first time this past winter (also a what-you-didn’t-know-Vegas-offered excursion)… so let’s go!

The thing I didn’t take into account: the almost hurricane-force winds that roared all night. I shrugged it off — they’ll cancel if it gets too bad, right?! As I soon learned: wrong!

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