I know. I'm a terrible blogger. But I'm okay with that. I never promised I'd be a good one and definitely never promised to be consistent. I write something when I have time and when there is something to actually write about. Now? It's really just too damn hot to be outside!
There has been lots of goings on inside the greenhouse since winter. Not all of it great but there has been some positives.
As usual, my trip to PR always starts in Florida. It's always great to visit the Florida bunch and eat Florida fruit. In addition to this, we're all able to fly together down to PR.
Noel and his girlfriend Claudia picked me up at the Fort Lauderdale airport...after American Airlines delayed the very first flight out of Columbus for four hours due to the crew not having enough time. It's the first freaking flight of the day! Oh well...got to expect this shit from the airlines.
My wife is always looking thru various Thai websites. Most of these are food blogs so she can torture herself looking at pictures of Thai dishes. But today she came across a website that she know would get my attention...and it wasn't about desserts one makes in the kitchen.
It's that time of year again...off to Puerto Rico by way of Florida. Got to meet up with the gang and enjoy a Sunday eating good food, fruit, and having spirited conversations. What better way could one start off a fruit hunting vacation?
I flew into Miami and was picked up by Warren. We then nabbed Harry on the way north. Our first stop was Walter Zill's place to pick up a tree he was holding for Warren. It's always pretty cool talking with Walter. He's got so many stories about his mangoes.
Blogs. It has been a while since my last one hasn't it? Well, I did state long ago when I started this website that I was not your traditional blogger. No way in hell do I have time to make entries as often as most bloggers do. I envy their drive and commitment. I have hard enough time doing one at any time. After all, I have a full time job. I have a house, yard, garden, and greenhouse to take care of and each requires time. I also have a wife and two dogs to entertain...these being my priority.
We didn't arrive at the house until almost 3:00 a.m. The plants looked fantastic. I took them out and hosed them down to hydrate them some. By the time we got ready to crash, it was after 4:00 a.m. A half dose of a sleeping pill and it was lights out!
Early Friday morning, we were on our way for a weekend trip to Rayong and Chanthaburi for some fruit and plant hunting, site seeing, and just some general fun and relaxation. We had a first for us all this trip. The folks hired a driver and a big van to take us all on the trip. This freed up the folks from the tiring drive and allowed them to relax and enjoy the trip...and the driver knew exactly where he was going!
Our first stop was Suan Lamai. This is the poor man's version of Suphattra Land. It's a two stop tour around the farm. The entry price allows you to all-you-can-eat buffet style down on any of their fruit. It was pretty country though.
First stop was to pick your own rambutan. Always tastes better right off the tree.
After a breakfast buffet at the hotel, we loaded up the van and headed to Chanthaburi. I mentioned in Part 3 how rubber trees started to dominate the landscape. Now more and more fruit trees stood out as well. Grove after grove of durian, mangosteen, longkong, rambutan, and mayong chid. I started seeing breadfruit more often as well. Rubber trees were still a large part of the landscape.
Given how the vacation has gone up to now, I would certainly classify this day as being lazy. Got up. Tooled around the yard. Watered some plants. Came back inside and lounged around in front of the fan sending emails and posts on the forum via the Ipad. I'm not going to rant about the Ipad, but I will say this..."My kingdom for a freaking keyboard!".
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