LOCATION: Paris! (Tennessee, that is)
CAMPGROUND: Paris Landing State Park Resort. Yes, a state park resort! Beautiful. Electricity and water. Ours is the best site – nestled in the woods. Level, large graveled site with picnic table, fire pit, and George’s favorite – a stand-up grill. Marina, lodge, golf course, and restaurant. $27/night. Definitely 5 stars out of 5!
WEATHER: Each day gets a little chillier. High 64. Mostly cloudy
DISTANCE DRIVEN: 3 hours
We left the Harvest Host brewery in an eastern Memphis suburb and were able to avoid the big city traffic. Sadly, we had to drive on an interstate today, the first time so far this trip. I-40 wasn’t too bad, at least going our way. We saw a semi-truck rolled over with a wrecker rescuing it, on the other side of the Interstate. Cars and trucks were stuck for at least 10 miles. What a mess!
We have driven a little over 1000 miles so far in these first 5 days. It is now time for a rest. We will spend two nights here. We are not unhooking, as we plan to just relax in this beautiful park. We successfully avoided lots of storms on our route here….
We pulled into the small city of Paris and were bombarded by signs proclaiming “Paris, the World’s Largest Fish Fry”. And, indeed it is happening this week! At the fair grounds, they have prepared 12,500 pounds of catfish, and for $15 you can eat all you want. I think we will pass. Parades, catfish races, Catfish Queen and King, entertainment, etc.
Paris even has its own Eiffel Tower!
This state park is about 15 miles out of town, and is incredible. The campground is just a small part of the entire park, situated on huge Kentucky Lake which flows into the Ohio River, then the Mississippi. After we got set up, we did a hike, first over to the lodge and restaurant. We learned it is just one year old. It looks like a 5-star hotel!
They were having a wedding in one of the private rooms.
Then, down to the marina where a replica of Columbus’s La Pinta ship was docked.
This area is called “The Land Between the Lakes” as there are big lakes and rivers all around.
There is one other Airstream here, and of course George had to chat the owner up. It turns out that he and his wife stay in Mission, Texas in the winters at the RV park adjacent to our community. Wow! Small world.
Speaking of Retama Village, they experienced another bad storm a few days ago. High winds – 80-100 mph. Lots of trees down. Electricity is out for about 5 days. Must be miserable – no A/C and food going bad in the refrigerators/freezers. Our neighbor checked our place out. Everything ok.
DINNER: Spiced Caulflower and Rice Pie. Quite different, with an Indian flavor. (Recipe below)
We have electricity here, but no TV reception. So, we spent the evening watching Downton Abbey on a DVD. I picked up the first 3 series, which I think we missed. So, throughout this trip, we can watch these old shows.
Spiced Cauliflower and Rice Pie
2 onions, diced
1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
1 cup rice
1 bunch cilantro
Saute onion. Add a bit of water. Add cauliflower florets and curry paste. Add rice, then 2 cups of water. Prick chiles and add whole. Add most of cilantro and puppooums. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook 15 minutes..
Rice should absorb all the liquid. Uncover and drizzle more olive oil around edge. Mash with masher. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 more minutes to get crispy crust. Rest, covered for 10 minutes. Add remaining cilantro. Serve with yogurt and another drizzle of olive oil.