Ever eyed those empty construction rigs on the side of the road and had to hold yourself back from hopping aboard and testing out the controls? The struggle is real! And apparently I’m not the only one. Randy Stenger fought back these same urges a few years ago in Minnesota and decided to fulfill a dream for people like us by opening up the first Extreme Sandbox location. It was such a smashing success, he has now brought his monstrously fun playground down to Texas. A short trip north of Dallas, within elbow room of Pottsboro, Texas’ Tanglewood Resort, his newest location is now open for the adventure-hungry.
Randy and his crew start off participants with a brief, humorous training video because, well, they have to. Don’t expect to have to memorize the controls right away. Randy or another crew member fit the new operator with a microphone system to instruct and guide you throughout the experience. You can choose between shorter sessions on one piece of equipment, to two piece packages, or a lengthier extreme package with three different machines to operate.
On my visit, I gave the bulldozer and excavator a whirl. Yes, in the excavator you are allowed to literally whirl around and make the cab do 360’s. Imagine running your own carnival ride and you get the picture. The real thrill is controlling something so powerful. We started off with basics in the bulldozer. Randy guided me through building my very own dirt mountain, driving over it and then doing it in reverse and parking it. My confidence grew as well as my need to push further.
The excavator was next up, including those spins. Of course, there was more digging, scooping and building. But the bonus with the excavator is topping off the session with a shot at excavator golf with a basketball atop my dirt pile. Swooshing the bucket around from 360 degrees, I knocked the ball off the pile and into the distance. That was the ultimate way to begin a weekend.
The equipment is all new and ready to be broken in by building dirt mountains and playing excavator golf, or even crushing some cars, as a solo operator or dueling it out with a friend. The experience, duration and machinery come in different combinations and packages ready to be booked online now either solo or as a group or family adventure. So stop eyeing that lonely skid steer and daydreaming. We all know the movie Office Space ended happily on a construction site for a reason. It’s time to hop aboard and be a kid again at the Extreme Sandbox!