Chilly days and chili cookoffs

Sunday turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, and we were able to meet many more folks that were out enjoying the weather.  The campsites here do not have fire rings, but you are allowed to bring your own.  Our gracious hosts for the Packers/49ers game had an interesting fire ring.  When they sold their house last year, they decided not to include their old washing machine, and instead took out the tub and brought it with them in their RV.  It makes an excellent fire pit.

a laundry tub

a laundry tub

We did put the game on pause, to take time out to watch the sunset.  Cedar Key has some colorful sunsets, and I hope to be able to post many more photos like this:



After the game, another couple entertained us with their wonderful musical talents, playing a harp (yes, they travel with a harp!) and a Hammer Dulcimer.  I have never seen such an instrument, but they played many beautiful songs.



By Tuesday, the weather turned cold, and one of our fellow campers decided we should have a chili cook-off.  We had many different styles of chili, from your traditional meat and beans, to vegan and gluten-free recipes, and one with buffalo meat.  I decided to try something new, and went to my favorite source for recipes, Taste of Home, ( and found a white chicken chili recipe for the crock pot.  It was very easy to make and very flavorful.  All the chilis were very good.

The chili crew

The chili crew

And as happens so often, another impromptu musical session broke out after we all stuffed ourselves.


One of the couples has a 4-year-old daughter that kept telling everyone, “everyday is a great day”, and to “be happy and kind to others”.  Good advice!

Quote for the day: “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” – Charles Spurgeon
















6 thoughts on “Chilly days and chili cookoffs

  1. Found your blog. Sounds like you are off to a great start. We were at Amazon and the State Park for peak 2012, it was a great experience, loved the SP and Campbelsville.
    Looking forward to following your adventures.

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