Tag Archives: Recreation

Get dirty

5 Dec

Soggy Bottom ATV Ranch is a place to take your dirtbike, four-wheeler, or truck to get a little muddy. It’s located right off of Highway 21 going towards Madisonville. Soggy Bottom offers a an 85-acre private lake, 3 miles along the Navasota River, lots of mud holes and some climb hills.


Soggy Bottom monthly truck races

If you like to camp, you can do that at Soggy Bottom too. It’s free for primitive tent camping and $20 for water/electric sites for campers and RV’s. Admission into the ranch is $5 per person per day and $15 per ATV. If you make an entire weekend of it, Sunday is free. Snacks and drinks are also available.

For more information about Soggy Bottom ATV Ranch, go to www.soggybottomatvranch.com.

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Laser Tag!

3 Dec

Last night, some friends and I went to play laser tag at Grand Central Station, off of Highway 6. I hadn’t played laser tag since I was young, so it was going to be a fairly new experience for me. I had heard good things about it, so I went it with high hopes. Here’s a couple of the things that I learned during my laser tag experience:

1. It’s a lot of fun! I really enjoyed playing laser tag. Since there were only 5 of us in our group, we played individually, every man for himself. This is good, because you can shoot anyone (excluding yourself). I would also like to try playing with teams. I think it would put a little more edge in the game, because you have to work as a team. The downside to playing on teams would be that no one would want me on their’s, which brings me to my next point.

2. I’m not very good at laser tag. I may have had fun, but that doesn’t mean I’m good. I’m not an ultra competitive person and I don’t mind losing, which enhances my not-so-stellar performance. I was also playing with 4 highly-competitive people, so should it suprise me that I finished 2nd to last? No, not really.

3. It’s a workout! Laser tag will wear you out with 10 minutes of non-stop running, hiding, going up and down ramps, and adrenaline. I was huffing and puffing 5 minutes into the game. You may think you won’t get all worked-up, but you’ll get in there and get into the game, and get tired. This is why I’m categorizing laser tag as recreation.

4. Wear appropriate clothing. If you really want to be hardcore, dress in all black. It’s a black light setting, so don’t wear white or any light colors, because you will glow. Also, wear good running shoes. My friend wore boots with a small heel. While they were very cute, they weren’t laser tag appropriate. You will run, trust me.

5. It’s afforadable! If you go on a Thursday night after 9:30, you can play unlimited laser tag and mini golf for $12. Individual games are $7. You may not have enough energy to play more than one game. To see more deals, go to Grand Central Station’s website at grandstationent.com.

Hit the Rec

1 Dec

The students at A&M are very fortunate to have such a great Rec Center. It’s has just about everything you could possibly need to get into shape, or just have a little fun. You can rock-climb, or swim, or play racquetball. For many people, working out can be a lot of fun. Watching me work-out (especially run) can be entertaining for others. Either way, everyone wins at the Rec.

When I go to the Rec, I enjoy going to the fitness classes that are offered. Students can go to some of the classes for free, but most are $3 a class or $60 for a semester pass. I’ve payed for each class individually and I’ve purchased a semester pass. I didn’t get my money’s worth out of the pass, but if you really enjoy the classes, you may want to go with this option.

My favorite class was kickboxing. It was a great work-out, mixed with a lot of fun. I’ve also been to a body blasting class, after which I could barely walk for several days. The classes are taught by experienced trainers. It’s a great place to meet people, have fun, and get active.

For more information, go to the Rec website. To find a schedule of fitness classes, go to Programs and click-on Fitness & Classes.

Paintball!

17 Nov

I am a wheenie. I am not ashamed to admit this. I’m not an adrenaline junkie; I find a good movie or shopping just as entertaining. While playing paintball may sound fun to me for a split second, I know I would dread it after the first minute of play. I would probably spend more time hiding behind trees and other things for fear of getting hit, then actually enjoying the game. And I just know that if I were to get hit, it would hurt and again, I would be a wheenie about it. So it’s probably best that I do not take part.

For many people though, paintball is a lot of fun. And for those people, there’s a new paintball course in town. Zoomz is located off of Roans Chapel Rd, in the BCS area. They have 4 different courses to choose from. Course description and directions can be found on their website www.zoomzpb.com.

Since I don’t know much about paintball, I don’t know how to compare their prices. You can purchase an all-day pass for $15, which is good for people who have all of their own gear. They also have package deals that includes gun rentals and paint. I did see that paint cannot be brought into the park and must be purchased there. Zoomz looks to be a great place to go play paintball, if you’re interested.

Tis the season to go hunting

17 Oct

Hunting season is just around the corner. Bow and dove season on both in full swing. Deer season will be coming up soon. Hunting can be a fun hobby to pick-up.

If you aren’t familar with hunting or guns though, you may want to take a hunter’s safety course. Shooting ranges, like Gunsmoke in Snook or Champion Firearms, can be good places to go to to shoot your guns. Practice makes perfect. Good luck this season and make sure you follow all of the hunting laws.

On the ice

11 Oct

Since I’m not in College Station this week (I’m interning in Dallas), I’ve decided to different students and residents of the BCS area what they like to do for entertainment. Lindsay Garrett, a fellow Ag Comm major, enjoys going to the Arctic Wolf Ice Center.

She likes how the rink “has a lot of different ways to enjoy the ice.” There’s broomball nights, hockey games on the weekends, and just plain ice skating. It’s fun to do something different other than going to dinner and a movie. Whether you go with friends or on a date, ice skating is fun for all ages.

I’m really glad that Lindsay mentioned ice skating, because that’s something I personally will not be going to do. I’ve had some pretty bad experiences with it. The last time I went ice skating was with Cade for a Ross Volunteer date party…and it ended with me falling and bruising my tailbone. Let’s just say that Cade never heard the end of it. I’m not good at ice skating, nor will I take the time to get good at it.

BUT, many people do enjoy it and that’s great. Lucky for them, we do have Arctic Wolf Ice Center in town. It offers ice skating lessons, hockey leagues, and figure skating. Each day is filled with lots of different activities going on at the rink. It’s located at 400 Holleman Drive.

If you’re interested in finding out more information, go to www.arcticwolfice.com.

A walk in the park

1 Oct

If you’re looking to get outside and enjoy this wonderful weather, go check out Wolfpen Creek park.

The park sits between Harvey Rd., Holleman, and Dartmouth. The park has plenty of parking, one lot across from The Lofts on Holleman and one beside Ozona’s on Harvey.

Once at the park, I enjoy walking around the trails and reading the different bits of information posted along the trails. Others like to jog…I’m not one of those people though. If I’m going to enjoy something, I like to walk. The trails are really pretty.

I encourage you to go enjoy this beautiful weather and take a walk around Wolfpen Creek park.

Good weather=Great golf

28 Sep


Because of the much-appreciated temperature drop today, I thought I could talk about good golf courses in the area. Since I’m not a golfer myself, we’ll have to trust Cade’s judgment on courses in the area. Here are some of his opinions:

Most Affordable
The Bryan Municipal Golf Course: The course has made some upgrades (new carts, new tournaments, etc.), but the course lacks the finer things that make a quality golf course. If you’re looking for a quick nine or eighteen, check it out.

The Texas A&M Golf Course (not to be confused with Traditions): They too have made improvements in the past year, like new cart paths and landscaping. The course is very popular on Saturday mornings before a home Aggie football game.

Most Pristine
Miramont: There are not many non-members that get to play this course, and those that do are considered lucky. Driving into the course is like driving into a 5-star resort pictured in Scotland. It’s a great course that many dream of playing on.

Most Difficult
Traditions Club: There is a reason that the Aggie golf team is consistently good; it’s because they practice at this difficult course. Make sure to take plenty of golf balls if you plan to play here, because of the thick rough and water traps on almost every hole.

Best Overall
Briarcrest Country Club: This course is pretty good all-around. It’s not the nicest, but not the worst; it’s not the cheapest, but definitely not the most expensive. It recently turned public, but it still boasts many member-only country club qualities.