Tuesday, June 14: You know a store is big (in this case huge), when it comes with its own Store Map, as well as a separate guide to their International Market section which features more than 180,ooo products from 75 countries. Needless to say, Jungle Jim’s is not just a market, but a destination!
Last time we were in Cincinnati we visited Jungle Jim’s twice, so we knew what to expect. We started off full steam ahead, but slowed down considerably an hour later, when we just made it out of the International Market. We spent another hour shopping the “regular” grocery isles as well as their Natural Foods, Olive Bar, Cheese Shop, Beer Cave, Deli and Cookware areas. We even dared to buy a Chocolate Sea Salt “Cricket Bar” from the Bug Candy display. This bar was manufactured by “Gym-N-Eat Crickets” in Iowa and is considered an alternative and sustainable protein source. Of course, I’ll let you know the verdict once we sample the bar.
It was already in the mid-80’s by the time we got back to Zephyr. Because our RV refrigerator isn’t efficient in such high temperatures Fester wanted to add a few cooling fans to the system, in anticipation of the 90- and 100-degree temperatures we will experience in the next few weeks. Fortunately, he had a little shade and a “mister” fan which provides evaporative cooling while working on his fan contraption.
We’ve noticed a really nice older rig in the campground that was worthy of a few photos – I just love the whimsical cube theme. The coach’s license plate says “ITSHOME” and the license plate on their toad (RV slang for a towed vehicle) is “GUESTRM.” I think we would enjoy meeting that couple.
An addendum to last night’s post… As luck would have it, Fester did get to meet them. Fester had made a run to Home Depot to pick-up a few battery-operated fans. I wondered why he had been gone so long and was starting to worry (as usual, he didn’t bring his phone). Turns out he was parked just down the road from Zephyr, chatting with the ITSHOME couple. The couple, Tom & Marion, have lived aboard their Foretravel RV for 18 years – and, they were definitely worth meeting. Tom, also a mechanical engineer, shared a lot of valuable, hard-earned information on “everything RV,” which explains why Fester was late returning from his Hope Depot excursion. I had no idea he spent almost an hour chatting with Tom and Marion and would have noticed his Jeep if I ventured out for a Sadie walk. I eventually met Tom and Marion as we were hooking up the Jeep Wednesday morning, getting ready to pull out of FMCA.