This post is loooong overdue, as this date actually happened at the end of April. Oops.
So five months ago, I found a Groupon for trap-shooting lessons, rentals, and ammo for two for a super reasonable price. Score! You may recall that going trap-shooting was one of my goals for 2013.
Anyways, there was much procrastination on our end and before we knew it, the deadline, May 1st, was quickly approaching with all of the shooting park’s weekends booked up into June. So we had to plan a mid-week excursion to the shooting park, and decided to make a full-on date out of it.
We started out by trying out this Caribbean Creole restaurant that got excellent reviews on Yelp, Dhat Island (which ironically, our friends Megan and Matt were at a couple days later! With a Groupon that I had apparently missed…boooo!). Which, can I just say, I’m thankful I married a brave semi-white guy who likes to try out new foods and restaurants. It makes dinner dates exciting!
Upon arriving, we were greeted by the bubbliest of hostesses and servers, who offered us an assortment of beverages. I went with the ginger soda, which was amazingly light and refreshing, RJ went with the mango iced tea, and we split a coconut. A coconut!! It was my first time drinking out of a coconut! I felt fancy.
I ordered the Meli-Melo, which is similar to jambalaya, and RJ ordered their famous bourbon chicken.
Every. Possible. Bite. Licked clean.
Like I said. #wefancy
Afterwards, we made our way to Redlands Shooting Park, where a nice gentleman taught me how to shoot a shotgun, since RJ already knew how. I think he thought I was one of those lame giggly girly girls who was just trying to impress a guy. Well GUESS WHAT, mister!!! I already landed him, so I don’t need to impress him anymore!!!!!!
(You didn’t hear that from the marital and family therapist…)
Anyways. RJ had us set goals for the evening. We were each given 25 rounds of ammunition, so he set his at 15. I set mine at 2. Then he laughed and made me change my goal. So I said fine, and I set it at 7.
Anyways, my body contorts awkwardly, which you will see if you watch the video (oh yes, there’s a video!). It’s like…angular and double jointed and just looks awkward. BUT despite the awkward manner in which I am holding the shot gun, I still got a few good shots in!
But good LORD, those guns are heavy! I was more sore the next day from holding the shotgun up than from the kickback!
Which, speaking of kickbacks (and not the cool loitering get togethers kids have these days), the first time I shot the shotgun, I might have (definitely) said a naughty word…
…I was surprised.
…I mean, I’m a tiny little Asian girl.
…But then I got used to it.
Anyways, at the end of the night, RJ and I both hit our goals of 15 and 7 exactly. And here’s video proof that my hitting the clay pigeons was NOT an accident, in that I did it TWICE. IN. A. ROW. Actually, I think during that round, I hit 4 out of the 5 clay pigeons. (Of course, you’re not doing the math and figuring out that I only shot 3 clay pigeons over the other 4 rounds of 5 shots…) (Also, you might need to enlarge the video in order to see the actual clay pigeon be blown into smithereens, otherwise it just looks like we’re shooting at nothing) (Also………hi.)
Have I ever mentioned how much I love guns? And shooting?? And shooting guns?? Trap shooting seriously took shooting to the next level for me. I mean, shooting moving targets?? I might be a little obsessed now!!!
Anyways, after shooting, we made our way to a little hipster ice cream place in downtown Redlands called A La Minute. Even though RJ hates anything hipster (making him the ultimate hipster..??).
We happened to be in downtown Redlands on Thursday evening, which is Redlands Market Night! It’s like all the farmers and vendors were out with their goods just for our date!!
…Or maybe because they do that every Thursday or something. Anyways, there is some yummy-smelling street food! We will definitely have to make our way back there another time, when we haven’t stuffed ourselves silly with Caribbean Creole food. And when I’m not doing a Summer Shred, haha.
At A La Minute, we split the strawberry balsamic ice cream. Absolutely light, tangy, deliciously sweet. I’m not exactly positive what A La Minute’s “edge” is, but I think it has something to do with them making each order of ice cream fresh on the spot using liquid nitrogen to freeze the ice cream? Or maybe I made that up…
Whatever their “edge,” they have a whole bunch of unique flavors like Olive Oil Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Lavender, some classics like Mint Chip, and even one of those guys who roams around with a guitar singing random songs! What are they called again?
All in all, a fantastic mid-week date to break up a long week!
And that, my friends, is the awesomest mid-week date that ever was.