Up for a bit of a road rally are we? An invigorating drive through the country where caution is thrown to the wind and adventures of the most delicious sort happen with childlike spontaneity?...Well we have just the solution for your escapist desires...behold, the Redlands Road Rallye. This yearly event is hosted/organized by Robert Burr a fellow lover of the Redlalnd and 7th generation Floridian, the dude knows his stuff. A nice guy with a great idea he designed this "liesurely, self guided tour of the redland" as a showcase of the best the region has to offer and a scavenger hunt of sorts. You drive around, you find clues, you see the sights and eat some delicious items all while discovering a beautiful part of your own backyard. It's been going on for a while, check out their website for more info & details redlandriot.com.
Why the extra 'E" in Redlands Road Rallye, I can only assume it's there to give this event a more Continental feel. But what I DO know is that it was a lot of fun and we will be doing it again next year, permitting of course that this whole "2012" thing is either BS or the result of us "doing the math wrong" as some scientists speculate (and I use the word "scientist" in the loosest possible way). IF we are NOT doomed to a fiery death by huge Mayan-esque aliens probing us with space cacti (as some other "scientists" have speculated) then we'll definitely do it again. Read on and I think you'll decide to join in.
ME - Pilot, guide & raconteur
EU (my wife) - Photography, navigation & iPod duties
LILLY - Photography, color commentary & delightful sarcasm
KEVIN - Demolitions expert, muscle & intimidation
Before I go on I'd like to take a minute to thank the little people. The "nuts & bolts" of Team Redroots if you will. Our deepest gratitude to our amazing support crew comprised of renegade tank mechanics, Cherokee Indian "wind-talkers", a few CIA "wet works" operators, a blind Rastafarian psychic, K-9 Sleep Assault Dogs and a kid that got fired from Jamba Juice for being, and I quote, "too fruity"...ironic no?
We had such a good time doing this crazy event, it makes all the difference when you get together with people that enjoy spending time together, every experience is made that much better, my thanks to Eu, Lilly & Kevin for being the perfect mix of spontaneous, funny & crazy. The kind of people you don't mind riding around with in a car for 10 hours and THEN having a 4 hour post race meal with...not that I was counting the hours, that's just the math. This kind of compatibility is important when choosing a rally team.
So who is this team? My wife, Eu, Museum professional, academic, my unwavering partner in crime and eager participant in all our hair-brained schemes is always ready, this was no exception. She is the master of the ipod playlist and has an eye for photography that I truly admire.
Lilly is a bad ass interior designer with her own blog,(insert shameless plug here ---> lillypondering.blogspot.com) She's not one of those "HGTV-couple-of-throw-pillow-and-a-glue-gun" types, she's the real deal, she went to school for this people.
Her hubby Kevin, man of mystery, is rumored to have killed a man using nothing more than a pair of Ray-Bans, he wont talk about it, so that's all I know.
Lilly and Kevin drove ALL the way down from the quaint fishing village of South Beach with their Greyhound/Clydesdale, Tracy, to slum it "country style" with us backwoods folk. We had all been anticipating this trip for quite some time, and it was one of those events where everything happened at the right time and in the right way, it really was an amazing time.
Enough jibber-jabber! LETS RALLY!
STAGE 1 - CAULEY SQUARE - SW 224th Street and US1
|Heres that homemade PB I was talking about...the creamy one RULES!|
STAGE 3 - KNAUSS BERRY FARM - 15980 SW 248th Street (thats Coconut Palm Dr)
|Squash! These are awesome on the grill - slice lengthwise, salt, pepper, olive oil and done!|
|Nice Fresh Scallions, also great on the grill|
|Thats Mrs.Barbara Knauss herself at the produce counter, She's a very sweet lady|
|Exhibit A: 15oz worth of vodka served with two pennies worth of OJ & Cranberry...for FOUR BUCKS!!!|
|"Yeah, you don't want none of this..."|
|There is a healthy dose of creepy lying around|
|One of the clues|
|"I would have gotten away with it too if it werent for you pesky kids!"|
|Cool little Seminole dolls|
|Like I said, creeeeeepyyyyy|
|Kevin testing out the 1st pair of Bose heaphones|
|An original Edison Phonograph|
|This guys is being a real ass...|
|Some goodies for the week|
|Even bees need a little honey every now and then|
|Carambola or Star Fruit Tree|
|Delicious Key Limes|
|Our offering to the Rally Gods - Kumquats, Pomelo & Paper Shell Pecans|
|Ugli Fruit, a cross between a tangerine & a grapefruit, from Jamaica Mon!|
|Here's that ceviche I whipped up ;)|
|This is what happens when you say "Dont make the crazy face!"....you get the Crazy Face!|
|A glass, er, cup of the good stuff - Passion Fruit Sparkling!|
|The "zero" is for zero wrong, should have put 100%!|
|Lilly made us a refreshing strawberry lemonade when we got back and....|
|Honey, Fig & Goat Cheese muffins! Hot Diggty Dawg!....and speaking of dogs...|
|This pretty much sums it up, the Redland Road Rallye was a smashing success!|