A peek of the lake in Chicago.
Monthly Archives: September 2013
The El Dorado Royale has a collection of onsite greenhouses, which is pretty cool. The resort grows everything it can for the gourmet meals prepared in its restaurants: greens, four types of tomatoes, two types of cucumbers (English and “American,” the ones that are shorter and fatter, Cesar offered up to explain the distinction), herbs, peppers, and all varieties of tropical fruits – everything but apples and strawberries. Some of the tropical fruit trees were even worked into the general landscaping.
The greenhouse operation was pretty impressive and their method for growing tomatoes was similar to a vineyard. They trained the tomato vines to grow upward from buckets and then moved the buckets laterally once their vines had reached the ceiling of the greenhouse to let them keep adding length. Had it not already been as hot and humid outside, we would’ve stayed in the greenhouses longer to explore (this tour was the closest we came to literally melting on the entire trip).
The herb and pepper growing operations were a little less refined than the tomato greenhouses, though. They were designed less for style and more for keeping the monkeys out. Also, they planted anywhere they could find available soil.
So, this last photo documents the reconciliation of Corey and Cesar. Cesar had convinced the rest of the us to dip our pinkies in the seeds of a habanero he just picked out of a greenhouse. I held up okay until I made the mistake of licking my lips. Holy habanero. However, Corey stood her ground and refused to take part in the nonsense, for which she was rewarded with some refreshing fresh mint instead. She’s a smart cookie.
So many photos to share, so little time. If we weren’t lounging in a pool chair I considered us to be doing “activities.” Here are snapshots of us doing things.