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The Amazing Race – Huebert Edition

October 13th, 2015

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This is Mahoney State Park. (Cue the dramatic background music in your mind) Located near Ashland, Nebraska just off I-80. This beautiful park is nestled among 700 acres along the picturesque Platte River. (It wasn’t in our budget to rent a helicopter and take a bunch of those all-important sweeping overhead shots so this will have to do…)

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In late July it was home to a collection of cabins housing various members of the H.H. Huebert family. Among those cabins was No. 42, the spacious and not at all cramped four bedroom cabin (procured through the blood, sweat and tears of one Kerri Pankratz) which served as the starting point for…. (wait for iiiiitttt…..) A RACE AROUND THE PARK!

In a perfect world that opening paragraph would be spoken with a New Zealand accent by one Phil Keoghan. For those of you who have never heard of Phil Keoghan, he would be the host of “The Amazing Race” one of the most awesome, might I even say “amazing” reality shows on T.V.

As fans of “The Amazing Race” my sister Kris and I had talked for years about putting on our own version of the race during a Huebert Family Reunion. Following our previous reunion three years earlier we decided we needed to do something that would get everyone involved. We felt like we had hardly seen many of our family members because everyone was spread out in small groups enjoying all of the activities that the park had to offer. And, in all honesty, Kris and I pretty much spent the majority of the reunion hidden away in our air conditioned cabin because it was over 100 degrees that whole weekend. Mis-er-a-ble. Well things were going to be different this time around. We were finally going to do it because, you know, we enjoy putting on big parties and productions for no reason at all. This would be the year!

We started planning way back in January when I was visiting Kris in Texas. We got online and found a map of the entire park and started to plot out a race route. We spent a large amount of time brainstorming our “Detours” and “Roadblocks”. They needed to be family related, stuff that involved our heritage. I took extensive notes and started chipping away at some clues, we discussed every minute detail and possibility trying to determine if we could even pull off such an undertaking.

We quickly determined that since it was going to be “a race AROUND the park”, and since the park was a substantially large one, bicycles were going to be necessary. Unlike on T.V. we wouldn’t have the luxury of hailing a cab or hopping on the Metro. Next came the question of how many family members would actually be willing to haul bicycles to the park. As it turns out, more than we thought.

Up until two weeks before the reunion we still weren’t sure if we were going to go through with the whole thing. I had been sending out periodic e-mails to all of the family members updating them on dates, cabin assignments, costs and so on and had also asked for people to repond and let us know if they were interested in running “The Amazing Race”. It took a while but I finally had one team sign up, and then one more. And then we decided there would be enough high school age kids at the reunion we could force into running the race so we went for it.

Kris planned on spending the entire week leading up to the Reunion in Nebraska and that was a good thing. We had a lot to do. The race was completely mapped out on my iPad and I had come up with all of the Clues and Roadblocks but we still needed to either create or just round up items we would need for our Roadblocks, figure out which of “The Fossils” (that would be our old folks, our Huebert aunts and uncles) would be able to man a Roadblock, bake some Peppernuts, create some Fatheads and on, and on and on….

Two days before the Reunion (on Kris’s birthday no less) the two of us headed for the park to do a “location scout”. Armed with clipboards, iPads and iPhones we set out on our race route. I’m sure many parkgoers mistook us for an actual reality show film crew scouting out locations. We looked so professional with sweat streaming down our faces and doing Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who would have to trudge up and down that next flight of stairs to figure out if a location would work. Who knew Mahoney had so many stairs? We figured out where our starting point would be…

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(that would be the four bedroom cabin which would soon be home to the Peters, Pankratz, Gaines and Dick families) and then followed the route stopping at each Clue Box location and explaining to as many park employees as possible that we were putting on an “Amazing Race” in two days time and would be leaving Clue Boxes all around the park, so if possible please don’t pick them up or move them. We covered all of our bases, asking for permission as often as possible, taking pictures of each Detour and Roadblock spot as we went and determining that some of our planned Roadblocks wouldn’t work because they were to be inside a building that wouldn’t actually be open during the hours we were planning on holding the Race. It was a long, HOT day but we felt like we got a lot accomplished.

We headed back to Lincoln to shop for our last minute supplies: materials to create Clue Boxes, supplies for the team Survival Kits, a Croquet Set, bandanas, dowels, a couple of cases of water, some plaster gnomes…. yes that’s right, I said plaster gnomes… the list was a mile long. We ended the day by meeting the rest of the family at the 70th Street Valentino’s to celebrate Kris’s birthday (and get an impromptu shower thanks to some drippy air conditioner vents… but that’s a whole ‘nother story).

The next day was spent locked away in my studio like a couple of mad scientists. While I worked on creating and printing all of the Roadblock and Detour cards…

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Kris set to work making Clue Boxes. The Clue boxes are what racers are searching for on each leg of the race. They hold either a Detour or Roadblock card inside for each team and are always marked with red and yellow stripes. We bought a bunch of mailing boxes at Target and several rolls of red and yellow Duct Tape and covered each box…

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I think she made a dozen boxes total. We could have bought boxes two sizes smaller because the clue cards looked like they were the size of stamps once we put them inside. Oh well, this way they would be easier to find. She labeled each box with “Huebert Family Amazing Race” and then threw a “Please Do Not Move” on the bottom for good measure. She also wrote the box location on the bottom to make distributing the boxes easier on us come race day.

We also put together some “Survival Kits” for each team…

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luckily the back-to-school supplies were out at Target and we bought out their selection of pencil bags. I’m sure there were some upset little brothers because all we left behind was a bunch of pink and girly pencil pouches. Inside each bag was a pair of matching bandanas (each team was a different color), a small notebook and pen (to take notes along the way and to use during a couple of Roadblocks) and a map of the park (this was the most important part of the kit, unbeknownst to some of the teams). Each team would have to turn in every Detour and Roadblock card at the end of the race to prove that they had completed all the tasks so the pouches would also be used for storing all of those cards as well.

After working away late into the night the next morning dawned and I felt we were in pretty good shape, until Kris informed me that while baking Peppernuts (which would be used for a Roadblock) the night before everyone kept eating them and now she wasn’t sure we would have enough. Oh well, nothing we could do about it now.

Throughout the week we had been posting “Countdown to Mahoney” tips on our Huebert Family Facebook page. Many of them warning the younger generation to bone up on their family history. We wanted to get a little team rivarly going and it worked like a charm. Pam reported that her high school aged daughter Hailey had been quizzing them all the way to Mahoney wanting to know who was the oldest “Fossil” and what was the birth order of all of her great-aunts and uncles. Jake, on the other hand, had well over three hours during his trip from Kansas to badger his Dad with questions on which cousin belonged to which family. (by the way, the H.H. and Anna Huebert family consisted of eleven kids so things do tend to get confusing). And later that day, while hauling all of our gear into the cabin both Stacy and Patrice demanded to know why Kelli had brought her bread machine along. “Hmmmm, guess you’ll find out tomorrow.” I said.

By the time supper rolled around and the burgers hit the grill the smack talk between teams was well underway. Hailey continued her reconnaissance mission making her rounds among the “Fossils” gathering information as she went. It was awesome to see her surrounded by a bunch of women four times her age, some of whom she may not have ever spoken to before, asking questions and learning about her heritage. Jake also continued to pepper people with questions while everyone else tried to get clues out of Kris and I on what we had in store for them the next day.

We got together a final list of the teams and told everyone to meet back at our cabin the next day at 1 p.m. for race instructions. We then made our way around to all of the “Fossils” and explained how they would be helping us out the next day. Luckily they were all game.

Finally the big day arrived. And of course rain arrived with it. Thankfully it let up by mid-morning and Kris and I headed out to hide all of the Clue Boxes, constantly checking our rearview mirror to make sure we weren’t being tailed. After hearing all of the smack talk the night before we weren’t taking any chances. We got back to the cabin just as the first few teams started to trickle in…

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once everyone was there we asked how many of them watched “The Amazing Race”… crickets… finally Stacy raised her hand and admitted she and Corey had only just watched the most recent season in preperation for this very day. So that made one person… one very competitive person… who knew how the race worked. Oh boy.

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So we gave them some general information: On the “Amazing Race” teams of two people race around the world striving to arrive first at “Pit Stops” at the end of each leg of the race in order to win prizes and avoid elimination. Clues provided in each leg lead the teams to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. Teams are progressively eliminated until three are left; at that point, the team that arrives first in the final leg is awarded the grand prize. Now that’s how “The Amazing Race” works, ours would be somewhat different. Most importantly, there would be no cash prizes at the end of each leg or at the end of the race for that matter. It was very important that we stressed that fact… very important.

We handed out the “Survival Kits”…

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and everyone got suited up…

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while deciding what they wanted their team names to be. Kris and I also gave everyone our cell phone numbers…

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and told them they could text or call up to three times if they got stuck on something. We would then send them a photo clue to help them get unstuck. (Check out Stacy’s game face in the above picture… I told you she was competitive… IT WAS ON!)

Next we all headed outside to take a group photo of all of the competitors…

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don’t they all look happy? Ahh, those poor, unsuspecting saps, they have no idea what they are in for.

Okay, let me introduce you to our teams. First off we have the #OUTLAWS (why the hashtag you might ask? I don’t know that’s just how they always do it on the show)…

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Stacy and Pam both married into the family (hence the name OUTLAWS) Stac married my cousin Corey, the son of Pat and Tom Dick and Pam ended up with my cousin Jer (poor thing… I kid, I kid) the son of John and Adeline Huebert.

Next is #TIMEOUT…

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which consisted of my cousin Patrice Gaines, the daughter of Pat and Tom Dick and her husband Scott. Scott is a Big12 football referee who is currently enjoying being yelled at by the best of the best in college football coaches therefore the name #TIMEOUT. They have also informed me that they are currently in training for the Senior Division of our next “Amazing Race.”

Hailing from the land of wheat, Jayhawks and Wildcats is #TEAMUSA…

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named #TEAMUSA because that’s what it said on Broc’s t-shirt. Cousins Jake Penner, son of Rick and Michelle Penner, Broc Penner, son of Kim Penner and Tate Penner, daughter of Rick and Michelle Penner. Okay, as you can see we have already broken the “teams of two rule” oh well, it’s all just for fun. The Penner’s are all the grandkids of my Aunt and Uncle Twila and Lauren Penner.

Next up are the #TRESAMIGAS…

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who originally called themselves the #TRESAMIGOS until Jake corrected them and pointed out they needed to use the feminine form of the word “Amigos”. These three goofs would be my nieces: Saylor Newman, daughter of Kris and Steve Newman; Marli Peters, daughter of Marc and Kelli Peters and Kambel Newman, daughter of Kris and Steve Newman. They are all the grandchildren of my parents, Joe and Em Pankratz.

And fresh from the local swimming pool were #THEGUARDS…

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my little cousins Camryn Dick, daughter of Corey and Stacy Dick and granddaughter of Pat and Tom Dick who is holding up Hailey Huebert, daughter of Pam and Jerry Huebert and the granddaughter of John and Adeline Huebert. We called them #THEGUARDS because… well because that’s what they are… lifeguards.

And finally, last but not least… well, kinda not least… #CLUELESS…

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more little cousins, Reid Huebert, son of Pam and Jerry Huebert and grandson of John and Adeline Huebert; Coby Steingard, son of Dale and Laura Steingard and grandson of the late Bud and Darlene Steingard and Lane Huebert, son of Melissa and Phil Goertzen and the late Lynn Huebert and grandson of John and Adeline Huebert. #TEAMCLUELESS proved to be… well… clueless. Believe me, none of the teams of three had an advantage after adding that third person.

Okay, the time was finally upon us… it was time to start the race. We had everyone go and park their bikes up on the bike trail outside of our cabin (it should be noted that there is a continuous bike trail surrounding the entire park and we made sure to map the route so that you really just needed to stay on that trail… this is something a few teams failed to note). We then had the teams assemble on the cul-de-sac outside of our cabin and explained that we had hidden six copies of the first clue…

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in the general vicinity of the cul-de-sac and once they found their first clue the game was afoot. Kris did her best Phil Keoghan impersonation (again, it would have been better if we had rented a helicopter for the overhead shot of the starting line) and they were off…

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Team #TRESAMIGAS found their clue first…

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and as you can see where quite happy about it. The rest of the teams scoured and searched…

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Hailey had just found their clue in the above shot. Team #OUTLAWS were the second-to-last team to find their clue…

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and then they both found a clue at the same time. I told them they needed to give one of their clues to the team currently in last place, Team #TIMEOUT, it was then that I witnessed one of the craziest scenes of the entire race. Patrice ran over to Pam to get her spare clue and Pam, the nicest, friendliest gal you’d ever find, held the spare clue up in the air and just as Patrice reached her with arms outstretched… threw the clue up in the air forcing Patrice to scramble around in order to grab it. The entire time this was going on Stac was…

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screaming for Pam to hurry up because she had their clue. These are all grown women I remind you. What is it they say? Competition brings out the best in you?

So this is the first Detour Clue…

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which would take the teams to the Main Lodge. Kris and I along with Kelli, Melissa and Phil loaded up in my car and headed out to our designated Roadblocks. On the way we passed the #TRESAMIGAS…

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who had somehow, miraculously, already been to the Main Lodge, found their next clue and were now headed… in the completely wrong direction. I yelled out the window that there was no need to backtrack… the race went AROUND the park.

The first Clue Box was located at the Main Lodge next to this guy…

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and inside the Clue Box was another Detour that said…

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this was a tricky one and fooled almost all of the teams. If they paid attention to the clue and then looked at their park map they would have seen the next stop on the trail was Century Link lake, which had a fishing dock, and also a fish cleaning station located inside this building…

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That building also housed men’s and women’s rest rooms and the door to the fish cleaning station at first appeared to just be to a storage room for staff only. I’ll admit, Kris and I had given up on finding the fish cleaning station during our “scouting trip” until we decided to check that one last door. We knew this one would throw them all off the trail and it did.

Our carload had headed for the Craft Center/Paddle Boat Dock to deliver the Roadblock worksheets to the Fossils manning the first Roadblock location. We found at least four teams already there ahead of us. I told Kris there was no way they could be that far already so we started asking them where they had found the second Detour and they had all skipped right over it. They saw water and fishing in the clue and immediately headed for the Paddle Boats. We told them they all had to go back and find the second Detour because they had to present that Detour card to the Fossils in order to do the first Roadblock. Unwelcome news all around.

I continued on and dropped Kris, Melissa and Phil off at their Roadblock station and Kelli and I backtracked back to the Craft Center to drop off the Roadblock Worksheets. But first we headed to the Century Link lake as I was hoping to get some pictures of everyone looking for the second Detour. We soon spotted Marli driving aimlessly through the campground area, she looked exhausted so we told her where to find the fish cleaning station. Next we came upon Tate who also looked exhausted and like she was melting in the heat. However, she immediately exclaimed, “This is SO MUCH FUN. Everyone is having such a great time!” and then said she was just going to rest in that very spot for a minute before catching up with Jake and Broc and proceeded to collapse to the ground.

The teams soon all located the fish cleaning station and found the third Detour which said…

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THIS is the Detour clue which would lead them to the Craft Center/Paddle Boat Dock. There is also a convenience store at this location, hence the fast food and snacks reference in the clue. Once they got there they found another Clue box…

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located under the eve of the above building  next to the Craft Center sign. Inside the Clue Box was their first Roadblock which said…

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This Roadblock sent them inside the Craft Center, the air-conditioned Craft Center (we made sure to assign all of the Fossils to Roadblocks located inside air-conditioned buildings), where they found my mom Em and my Aunt Pat  who gave each team a worksheet with each of the Huebert Aunts and Uncles names on it. On the bottom of the sheet was a list of all of the cousins names. They needed to list each cousin, in birth order, under the correct set of Aunts and Uncles.

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Team #OUTLAWS were the first to show up with the second Detour Clue and were officially in the lead, soon followed by #THEGUARDS right on their heels. This is where all of Hailey’s prep work from the night before paid off…

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#TEAMUSA showed up next and were immediately in need of help. I gave them permission to “phone a friend” and call one of their Dad’s for help, unfortunatly they had left Tate behind in their wake and she was the only one with a cell phone. Jake begged to use mine and I finally gave in and let him use it. #CLUELESS showed up, looked at the sheet, and were completely clueless.  I told Lane he could call his mom and ask for her help. We had failed to realize just how little the “little cousins” knew about their Great Aunts and Uncles, but honestly, what do you actually know about your Greats?

I needed to move on and hustle out to my Roadblock Station so I had to forcibly pry my phone out of Jake’s hand and hope that Tate would eventually show up in order to help them out. #OUTLAWS soon completed the first Roadblock and Pat handed over their next Clue which said…

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This Detour would lead them to the Bur Oak Picnic Shelter located near the indoor playground building…

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where they would find their next Clue Box containing Roadblock No. 2 which said…

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This was Kris’s Roadblock station and she was all set up and waiting. I drove past her and headed to my Roadblock which was at the building with the indoor playground and the huge covered ice rink, which of course was iceless at the moment, only to find three teams already there waiting for me. I hadn’t even set out my Clue Box yet. My phone started to ring just as team #TIMEOUT drove up on their bikes saying “They all have to go back and do the Peppernuts Roadblock.” I answered my phone to hear Kris say the same thing. They had all just seen the “kids playing helter skelter” and the “holiday treats” parts of the clue and assumed they had to go to the indoor playground with the ice rink (an ice rink during the “holidays”). Kris said #TIMEOUT were the only ones that had done it correctly, meaning they were now in the lead.

My phone rang again and it was Broc of #TEAMUSA saying they must have really messed up. He said they had read the “holiday treats” (which for those of you who don’t know was meant to signify the Peppernuts part of the Roadblock because in my neck of the woods we eat Peppernuts at Christmas time) and headed back for our cabins because that’s where all of the “treats” were located. “Oh man Broc. You guys are way off course.” I told him, “You totally backtracked. The race goes AROUND the park, you just need to follow the bike trail in the same direction.” I told him to find the Bur Oak Picnic Shelter, on the complete opposite end of the park, and that would get them back on track.

Meanwhile, back at the Peppernuts Roadblock…

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teams had to scarf down Peppernuts from the little plastic cups in search of their next clue. Poor Hailey had to eat all of her team’s portion since Cam is diabetic…

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the #TRESAMIGAS were glad we had provided them with bottles of water because it was kind of tough to eat all of those Peppernuts in the heat while exhausted and Tate, who had rolled in still in search of her missing teammates, was equally thankful for the hydration station…

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and Kris finally told #CLUELESS they didn’t have to eat them all… just find the clue. Which said…

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nowwww they could all head for the Activities Center and the ice rink. Meanwhile, back at the ice rink, our senior team was currently in the lead after finding the next Roadblock…

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this Roadblock was mine. My cousin Rhonda had given me a copy of this awesome photo of my Dad and all of my uncles…

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it was taken right after my Grandpa Huebert had died and the whole family was at his house cleaning and dividing up his belongings. While cleaning out the garage the uncles came across a large stash of Grandpa’s clothes and decided to each put something on. I love this photo to death because they obviously all had great senses of humor and liked to have fun. And aside from those old, posed professional photos I had never come across one picture with all of my uncles in it.

I knew I had to find a way to turn this photo into a Roadblock. I wanted to make life-size cutouts of each guy from the photo but whooo, was that expensive. I ended up enlarging the photo to 24×36 and then Kris cut out each uncle and pasted them to a piece of foam-core board and we then attached them to a dowel. The plan was to stick them into the ground but it hadn’t rained for a while and the ground was rock-hard so we settled for just leaning them up against the wall…

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Kelli showed one team member the original photo and let them study it for a minute they then had to arrange the individual uncles in the same order as they appeared in the photo…

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if they got it wrong we knocked them all down and they had to go to the back of the line and wait while another team gave it a try…

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there was giant window right next to the door in the photo and we soon had an audience as a large daycamp from Omaha had brought their kids to the park for the day. We proved more entertaining than the indoor playground…

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once they got the order correct Kelli handed them their next Detour…

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which put them right back on their bikes and on the lookout for this building…

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which was originally where we were going to station our parents at a Roadblock, that is until we inspected it on our scouting trip and discovered it was basically a greenhouse and hot as all get out. No way could we sit our mother inside a greenhouse to wait around all day to hand out a clue so instead we just placed a Clue Box inside…

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under this really cool tree and again hoped that no one would move it…

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inside the Clue Box was another Roadblock…

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The bike trail picked up again right outside the James Family Observatory and this is where the “Fat Heads” could be found. Following last year’s State Basketball Tournament run I had become an expert at making “Fat Heads”.

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Kris and I rounded up individual photos of our eight Huebert aunts and uncles, blew them up, again pasted them to foam-core board and stuck dowels on them. We then gave each “Fat Head” a random number…

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(that would be my Mom up above and her too-cool-for-school cat eye glasses) Kris’ husband Steve then stuck the “Fat Heads” in the ground along the bike trail leading up to yet another picnic shelter…

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where Steve was positioned with the answer key and yet another cooler full of water bottles. Racers were supposed to use the tablet and pen in their Survival Kits and write down each of the “Fat Heads” numbers and then place them in the correct birth order.

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This proved to be a bit difficult. Again the younger racers had problems as they didn’t recognize anybody… well I take that back, Lane did recognize his Grandpa John…

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not sure how he did that since Kris and I had been referring to him as “El Hefe” ever since discovering that awesome photo. But Lane had also lost their team’s pen by this point and was unable to take notes or write down their answers.

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Kris and I also, inadvertantly, made this Roadblock a little extra difficult by gluing Uncle Leo’s number on upside down. He should have been No. 6 not No. 9. We confused everyone since there are only 8 Huebert siblings that made it to adulthood. In the end, for most teams, it came down to a process of elimination. They just turned in an answer paper with every possible combination until they got one right. That is except for team #CLUELESS, since they had no pen, and well, no clue, I gave them a 10 minute penalty and they had to just sit in the shade and cool their heels until Steve told them their time was up and gave them their next Detour…

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which would once again send them down the bike path to where Kris was waiting for them with yet another Roadblock…

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a croquet court…

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this is where, I was informed, things started to get nasty. Stacy apparently plowed through the course coming close to trampling her own daughter Camryn when she got in her way…

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did I mention she’s very competitive?

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And obviously no one paid attention to the “only two teams can play at one time” portion of the clue but oh well, they wer all having fun, at least I think they still were.

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When they were done playing croquet Kris handed them their next Detour…

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hey Broc and Jake… THIS is the clue that will take you back to the cabins where Adeline is waiting with a giant ball of Zwieback dough. This is also the Roadblock where Kelli and her bread machine came into play, you remember, the one that piqued Stacy and Patrice’s curiosity the day before.

Kelli had gotten up early that morning to make some Zwieback dough for this particular Roadblock. She had brought along everything she needed…

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except measuring cups. Yes, helpful hint to those of you thinking about renting a cabin for the Thanksgiving holiday… they don’t provide measuring cups, better bring your own or resort to Kelli’s solution… Scott and a Solo cup. Scott felt he was a good judge of measurment so Kelli told him how much she needed of each ingredient and he eye-balled it in an 8 oz. Solo cup. Resourceful aren’t we?

Once the teams made it back to our cabin they found another Clue Box with a Roadblock inside…

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they all then headed inside and got “schooled” by Aunt Adeline. She demonstrated the proper method of making Zweiback (which I always describe as a two-story bread roll which every good Dutch-German family in my neck of the woods has on their dinner table at least once a week) there is a very specific way of making Zweiback, you have to twist and pinch…

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we had told Adeline the night before to be tough on everybody. If they weren’t up to her standards she needed to take them off the tray and have them start over…

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she had no problem doing this. Of course her daughter-in-law Pam thought she was EXTRA hard on her and Stacy and then let her grandkids Hailey and Lane and their teams breeze through. I’m not touching that one with a ten foot pole, except to say “It’s a Grandma’s perogative.”…

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once a team had passed Adeline’s strict standards she handed them their next Detour…

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this one led them just a hop, skip and a jump across the road to Kris and Steve’s cabin where my Dad and Uncle John (the Old Germans) were waiting inside in the air conditioning along with another Clue Box with a Roadblock inside…

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we didn’t explain the Roadblock clearly enough to Dad and John. They made them recite the German phrase correctly, but let them use the sheet of paper and just read it instead of memorize it. This severely affected our timeline and Steve’s ability to get the next Roadblock set up.

While everybody was learning German, Steve, the one with a heart condition, was trudging up this…

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with a Clue Box and a Gnome in hand.

Meanwhile back at the cabins John handed over the next Detour…

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which led racers to the Walter Scott Jr. Observation Tower which is a heck of a climb and something Kris and I were determined to avoid doing. So yeah, we made the guy with the heart issues do it, I know we’re terrible people. Unfortunately some of the teams beat him to the top but luckily we required that each team take a photo with our version of the “Roaming Gnome”

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(side note: The “Roaming Gnome” always shows up on a leg toward the end of “The Amazing Race”. Each team finds their own gnome with a clue on the bottom of his feet and then has to carry the gnome with them for the rest of the leg. We had planned on buying one gnome per team since I had spotted an entire display of them at Hobby Lobby only to return one week later, apparently after a big “Gnome Blow Out Sale” to find just one so photographic evidence would have to do.) and the photo op delayed things and helped us out…

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Team #THEOUTLAWS (look… they are all still having fun… see Team #TIMEOUT taking a selfie in the background?)

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Team #TIMEOUT…

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Team #THEGUARDS…

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Team #CLUELESS…

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what was left of Team #TEAMUSA…

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and what became Team #DOSAMIGAS instead of Team #TRESAMIGGAS.

While high up above the park Steve handed over their next and last Detour…

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they then had to look around from on top of the observation tower…

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until they spotted the Sapp Family Convention Center down below where Kris and I were waiting…

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in an open field behind the building on our makeshift final mat (it was a Wal-Mart beach towel) with trophies in hand. And the first to arrive were…

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the #OUTLAWS!!!

who made it to the mat in desperate need of a bathroom and were awarded the First Annual Amazing Race: Huebert Family Edition trophies…

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I know, I know, they aren’t exactly worth a million dollars but the ladies seemed plenty proud of them and vowed to display them in clear view of their teen-age daughters who came in third…

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just behind #TEAMUSA…

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whose team placing was questionable considering they did half of the course out of order, but hey, they climbed that tower twice. They wer soon followed by Team #TIMEOUT…

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and Team #DOSAMIGAS. Team #CLUELESS ran up to Kelli who was standing on the deck of the Sapp Family Convention Center and said “Are you going to teach us some German?” What can I say, they did a really good job of living up to their name.

We ordered everyone that wanted to to head for the cabins, suit up and hit the pool for a few hours before we had to be at the Main Lodge for our catered meal. But not before getting a few more shots in…

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So it looks like our First Annual Amazing Race: Huebert Edition is now going to become a tradition as it was a huge success, aside from the fact that Lane thought there should be more physical challenges included, maybe we’ll have them repel down the Observation Tower next time… is that physical enough for ya Lane?

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