It was an amazing experience to make my husband's dream of driving an excavator come true! We arrived on opening day to find a business operating as if it's been around for years. The owners were professional and fun, and everything was extremely well organized from start to finish.
After a brief safety & equipment instruction session in their training room, we each had time to get comfortable on the equipment out in the sandbox. I drove the skid steer, and my husband the excavator. They also have a bulldozer you can try.
Once you've had some time to play around and get hands on experience, you get to challenge yourself by trying the obstacle course. Each piece of equipment has a different course. I had a short maze to weave through, tires to move, basketballs to pick up, etc. The excavator course involved picking up tires, moving large pieces of concrete, knocking tennis balls off of traffic cones and more.
The obstacle course is a great way to get yourself to try things you wouldn't do in the middle of the sandbox, but you are welcome to spend your time digging holes if that's what you'd prefer.
Safety is their first priority, and I felt very comfortable and secure the entire time. While in the equipment, you are linked via headset at all times with your instructor. They are very reassuring, and the equipment was surprisingly simple to operate. Challenging to master, but easy to learn. :)
It was a fantastic experience, and I would encourage anyone to give this a try. Makes a great gift, or just for a fun outing. Well worth the money! I'm sure I'll be going back again this year to try the excavator or bulldozer.
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