GAMBLE ROGERS STATE REC AREA (FL)

This campground is located in Flagler Beach and straddles both sides of US1 on the south side of town. You must go in the mainland side of the park to register at the office, but we were lucky enough to get a three night stay on the ocean side of the park. There are 34 sites with wide open ocean views and another 34 sites on the mainland side of US1 where the Matanzas and Halifax Rivers meet. Our visit here wasn't the best weather wise, with high winds and cooler temperatures.



MONDAY

TRAVEL DAY
YEAR #2 - STOP #5

I'm really beginning to like these shorter moving days but I wish the weather would cooperate a little more. Here we are on a beautiful beachside campsite but the temperature is in the low 50s with a strong 15-20mph constant breeze. I guess I shouldn't complain it could be worse. It's forecast to warm up a little over the next few days so maybe we'll be able to sit outside and enjoy the sun.



TUESDAY

MOVIE NIGHT AT " THE POD "
AVATAR (2009)

I mentioned earlier that we visited a flea market and picked up a half dozen DVDs for $5.00, well tonight we are going to watch the first of our new to us movies, Avatar (2009). We got started right after dinner but I forgot the movie was 2 hours and 42 minutes long. That put us well past our normal, climb into bed and read time, so we pretty much skipped the reading and went right to the sleeping.

After rewatching the movie we both agreed there were so many scenes we just didn't remember, boy are we getting old or what? It's nice to be surprised that the movie is still full of fresh entertainment for us.

Avatar was nominated for a total of nine Oscar's, including Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Achievement in Directing, but didn't win either. It did however win 3 of the other Oscar's and The Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture and Best Director.

Does anybody remember the famous director of Avatar? (no Googling)
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WEDNESDAY

AN RV FRIENDLY RECIPE
KEY WEST CHILI

COOKING TIME: 45+ minutes
# of SERVINGS: 4





INGREDIENTS


REFRIGERATED ITEMS

PANTRY ITEMS

1-1/4 lbs. ground turkey
(NOT turkey breast)
1 envelope of McCormick Chili Seasoning Mix
(TexMex Style)
4oz of lime juice
(Key Lime preferred)
2-10oz cans of Rotel Diced Tomatoes
(Mexican Style)
1 large bell pepper - diced
(orange, yellow or red)
1-8oz can of tomato sauce
(no salt added)
1 cup of Orzo pasta
(whole wheat preferred)

OPTIONAL ITEMS

Saltine Crackers • Diced Sweet Onion • Shredded Cheddar Cheese • Sour Cream





COOKING INSTRUCTIONS


1.) In a large pot on high heat, brown the ground turkey while breaking it into small crumbles.

2.) DO NOT drain off the little bit of moisture in the pot. Instead, add the seasoning mix to the meat and stir it thoroughly. After this step you should no longer be able to tell it's not ground beef and I promise you won't be able to taste the difference when it's done!

3.) Add in the Rotel Tomatoes (undrained) and tomato sauce, then stir together.

4.) Add in the diced bell pepper, lime juice and orzo pasta, then stir together. Make sure to get most of the pasta deep down into the mix.

5.) Keep stirring the top down to the bottom until you reach a low boil, then cover and reduce the heat to a simmer.

6.) 15 minutes later stir everything together and leave uncovered to simmer for another 15 minutes. Keep repeating this step OR go to the next...

7.) At this point the chili is ready to eat, but as with all chili, the longer you let it simmer the better it will taste.


This recipe will render a very thick and mildly spicy chili. If you like your chili extra hot try adding in a chopped JalapeƱo pepper or even a Habanero pepper. This recipe can easily be doubled to create a larger batch, but make sure you use a larger pot. When I cook up a large batch to share, I usually hand out saltines to people to scoop right out of the pot a bite size taste first. It's thick enough that I've always used saltines instead of a spoon to eat it!

Optionally you can garnish with any combination of the traditional chili toppings such as Sour Cream, Shredded Cheddar Cheese and Diced Sweet Onion, but I rarely do.

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4 comments:

  1. Wow! Great park. Well planned to get an ocean spot. Tried to book it in November 2018. Not even a remote possibility. Enjoy!

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    1. The key to getting a great spot in the more popular Florida State Parks is to plan ahead, 11 months ahead to be exact. That's what we did to reserve this spot!

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    1. You are correct!

      His earlier works included such blockbusters as:

      Titanic (1997)
      Aliens (1986)
      The Terminator (1984)

      Good guess, assuming you didn't cheat and Google it.

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