Friday, March 14, 2014

Chass a what?

After sleeping so much night before last I guess I didn't need more and I was up at 0520 this morning.  Although the prediction was a low of 31 last night it was 47 degrees at that hour. I read a lot of blogs, getting caught up to present day at least.

Yesterday at the farm stand I paid $1.00 for 5 new potatoes, $3.50 for a quart of strawberries (ready to eat!), $1.00 for two ears of corn...I guess that isn't to bad.  We also bought a Canary melon.  Once we had a taste we couldn't pass it up!

We had a quiet evening doing some research into future travel plans.  Jim spent hours on the web finding out it's next to impossible to find an affordable site this far south.  It's still high season and the snowbirds haven't started their northern trek.

Did you wonder about the name of this campground?  I did so I did a little looking around and found this:

'A fresh water, spring fed, tidal river leading directly to the Gulf of Mexico. It's tucked away in the middle of the Nature Coast, about an hours drive North of Tampa, Florida. Chassahowitzka is hard to pronounce, let alone trying to spell it! The older natives still call it ChassaWhisky, And most locals affectionately just call it the "CHAZ".

The Name Chassahowitzka comes from the Seminole Indians that inhabited the area for a time. The word means "Hanging Pumpkins place" The primitive pumpkin was a main stay of the Seminoles. It is self perpetuating and continues to grow year after year and was known to climb large trees and bare fruit around 5" in diameter, which played a large part in the Seminole Diet. It is a harder shelled pumpkin unlike the garden pumpkins we know today. The pumpkins have long gone from the region. The Seminole Indians are not indigenous to Florida and didn't arrive until the 1700's. Prior to the Seminole the Timucua tribe occupied the Nature Coast. Timucuans are one of the few tribes across the country that is considered extinct, having no known descendants since 1700.'