Jungles and Rivers . . .

Today was another sightseeing day, so after stopping off at the Batesville Post Office to pick up Nick’s mail, we headed south to Aurora, IN. We wanted to check out the area, and also the Little Farm on the River RV Park where we stayed in 2010.

Little Farm on the River is, as the name says, right in the middle of a farm,

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and right on the Ohio River. And even better it’s a Passport America park, so it’s very reasonable.

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After making a drive through the park, we drove on south to Rising Sun, a nice small town with a lot of interesting homes and buildings.

Then coming back to Aurora on our way north to Cincinnati, we stopped off at McDonald’s for lunch. While we were there we got a check-in call from our son Chris, bringing us up to date on his family, and especially Piper and her college adventures.

After lunch we headed north to the other side of Cincinnati to take Terry to visit Jungle Jim’s Market, 6 acres of grocery store, including 1 acre of just produce.

Here’s what I blogged last year about the place.

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It’s really hard to describe this place. It’s a restaurant, an convention center, a Starbuck’s, a Cici’s Pizza, a high end clothing store, a Chipolte Grill, a bank, a pub, a pet store, and a credit union. It even has a monorail.

But most of all, it’s 6 acres of grocery store, with 1 acre for just fresh produce.

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This place probably has every grocery item you’ve ever heard, and a lot you’ve never heard of.

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Thirty six different types of olives, 140 different types of honey, 1,600 different types of cheeses from all over the world, over 12,000 different wines, and 1,200 different beers.

Their meat department carries fresh ostrich, kangaroo, rattlesnake, elk, venison, game hens, wild boar, pheasant, and bison. WOW!

And, of course, foods that are organic, non-dairy, earth-friendly, vegetarian, vegan, allergy-free, gluten-free, anti-oxidant, low-carb, sugar-free, fat-free, wheat-free . . . etc., though probably not all at the same time.

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And while many seafood shops have live Maine lobsters, how many carry live fish? Jungle Jim’s carries over a dozen different species, including Blue Gill, Tilapia, Largemouth Bass,

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and Catfish.

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Regular readers here know how much I like really, really hot foods. As I say, if my nose is not running and the top of my head isn’t sweating, then it’s not really hot enough.

I’ve even twice eaten HOT! wings made with Ghost Chiles, also known as the Naga Jolokia, until recently the hottest pepper in the world.

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You can read about it here at the Cypress Creek Café in Wimberley, TX.

The hottest chili in the world is now acknowledged to be the Trinidad Scorpion Butch T chili.

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But Jungle Jim’s is the first place I’ve found that actually sells them to the public. Besides the fresh ones, they have a salsa made with the Nagas which I bought some of, and a small package of dried Nagas, which I also bought.

Dried Ghost Chiles

The package says to wear eye protection and latex gloves before handling or preparing them.

Not sure what I’m going to use them for, maybe trick Nick into eating one so I can see steam coming out of his ears.

We spent almost two hours at Jungle Jim’s and still didn’t see everything, so hopefully we’ll be able to go back again sometime.

Finally leaving Jungle Jim’s, we stopped across the street at a Verizon store so Nick could take care of some business. Then it was down the road to have dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse before heading home.

Tomorrow we’re going to do another take-it-easy day, just happy to be doing pretty much nothing.

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Thought for the Day:

"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." – Henry Ford

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3 Responses

  1. Did Jungle Jim have any Sperm Whale? I understand it tastes like Manatee.

  2. I always thought sperm whale tastes like bald eagle.

    Manatee tastes like condor.

  3. bald eagle tastes more like passenger pigeon

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