New Friends, a New Vegetable and a Super Bowl Party
Bushnell, FL - Events of Wednesday, February 3 to Sunday, February 7, 2015
A couple of weeks ago we got an email from blog readers Frank and Debbie. They are new full-timers, and they were on their way to Blueberry Hill where they were hoping to stay about a month. A day or two after Frank and Debbie arrived, we stopped by their site to introduce ourselves. We chatted with them for a while that day and again when they stopped by our rig a few days later.
We ended up making arrangements to go to OakWood Grill with Frank and Debbie last Wednesday. Since the ribs were on special, that's what we all had. We had a good time getting to know Frank and Debbie better, and we thank them for treating us to dinner.
Last Friday, we drove north to run a couple of errands in the Ocala area and to stop at the Market of Marion to get Paul some reading glasses and to get some produce. The parking lot was full of cars in spite of the fact the weather was very cool.
We browsed a couple of aisles, got Paul's glasses, then headed for the produce aisle where we got a tomato for our sandwiches, some asparagus, a basket of poblano peppers, and a couple of purple sweet potatoes. That is not a misprint. The purple sweet potato has been commercially grown since 2006 and is completely natural; the color comes from the same pigment that makes cherries and strawberries red. This potato has a rich, almost winy flavor, but they are denser and drier than regular sweet potatoes. We found them to be delicious. Here is a link to an article about purple sweet potatoes that has history, recipes and photos.
After buying our produce, we made a couple of other stops then headed back to Blueberry Hill. Friday and Saturday were very cool, so we didn't do much else except relax in front of the fireplace.
Blueberry Hill had a Super Bowl party on Sunday. Although the Super Bowl didn't start until 6:30, the party started in the afternoon with a chili cook-off and games. There were also 50-cent hot dogs, so we decided to head up to the clubhouse to get a hot dog and to check out the party and the chili cook-off.
We arrived around 3:30 in time for the start of the judging for the chili cook-off.
Meanwhile, volunteers grilled hot dogs out on the porch and others worked kitchen duty serving the dogs. We each had one of the 50-cent hot dogs while the judges were tasting the chili.
We visited with several people we hadn't met before and also with a couple of our neighbors who have sites near ours. There was a good turnout for the Super Bowl party. The clubhouse was fairly full.
One of the games was horse racing. A roll of a pair of dice indicated which of the 6 horses would advance one square for that turn. Rolling of the dice continued until one horse crossed the finish line. It didn't take long for a crowd to gather to pick their favorite horse and cheer it on.
The judges of the chili contest obviously took their work seriously because it took them about 45 minutes to go through the dozen or so chili samples. They even nibbled soda crackers and sipped water to cleanse their palates between samples.
The winners were finally announced. There were nominal prizes, like free tickets to the upcoming Valentine's Day dance, but the real prize in events like this are bragging rights. After the winners were announced, the chili was put out for everyone to sample.
The Super Bowl was to be shown on a big-screen projection TV. Because we preferred to enjoy the game in quieter settings, we headed back to our rig around 4:30. We noticed others drifting away from the party about the same time we did, but quite a few people looked like they were planning to stay.
Back at our rig, we had dinner and then settled down to watch the big game. We didn't have a dog in the hunt, but we do enjoy a good football game, especially when it is relatively close most of the way like Super Bowl 50 was. Not only that, but we like to see the commercials.
Florida usually gets its coldest weather in January, but the forecast is calling for continued cold all the way into the middle of February. Fortunately, the sun in Florida is warm even when the air is cool. Just in case, however, we have some indoor sightseeing planned. We'll tell you about it in our next post.