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Roadtrips just might become a new addiction

January 11, 2012

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

After the insanity that was the month of December I was looking forward to a nice trip to Costa Rica with my girlfriend so I could completely unplug and temporarily forget about all the stress that comes along with the greatness of being involved in the art and music scene in Miami. Unfortunately as often happens, “announcing your plans out loud is a good way to hear God laugh.” For one reason or another Costa Rica didn’t work out and so we were left looking for other options for a 3-4 day getaway. In the end, thankfully, we decided on a little road trip around Florida.

From the beginning we knew we wanted to leave much of it unplanned, arranging for just a few main stops (and only booking the first night’s hotel). I’d been wanting to visit Cigar City Brewery in Tampa for a while already so that was the first place that made its way onto the agenda. The subject of the tallest point in Florida having come up in previous and unrelated conversations, I had looked it up and found two answers: Bok Tower and some place on the border of Alabama. Aside from seeming like the more scenic of the two, Bok Tower also happens to be pretty much smack in the middle of the route to Tampa, so it too made the cut. With two destinations picked, my girlfriend suggested the final one: Solomon’s Castle. Which I’d never heard of obviously, but quickly found the description online: “Standing in a central Florida swamp, shining in the sun, is a hand-built medieval castle complete with a moat.” And almost exactly that easily the trip seemed almost to map itself out.

I’m going to be doing followup entries in the coming weeks going into more detailed accounts of each noteworthy place we visited, but suffice it to say that it ended up being one of the most enjoyable four days I’ve had in a long time and definitely exactly what I needed to recharge and be ready to take on the mountain of things awaiting Yo Miami in 2012.


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