Sapotes, Annapolis, and A Walk in the Woods

Catch up time again – it has been amazingly busy, and with the gorgeous weather, who wants to really sit and write?  But here are the adventures I tackled this month.

The New Food: 

Sapotes, which is a word used for several different types of fruits across about three plant families, but which in my case I believe applied to the Mamey sapote (Pouteria sapota), which is from southern Mexico to northern South America. (Safeway does not put species names on their labels, so how can one be sure?).

Mamey sapote from Wikipedia

Meutia Chaerani / Indradi Soemardjan http://www.indrani.net, Creative Commons Attribution 2.5

I was not expecting the interior – which kindof grossed me out at first because it looked like two mussels were inside of it a soft red/orange/pink mushy interior.  The seeds are huge, black, and clam shape with a white, somewhat furry “opening” that looked like a clam mouth.

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But once you take those out, and taste the fruit’s flesh itself, it is pretty decent.  The texure is very much like a papaya, but a blander taste, with a slight hint of lime perhaps? I don’t think I like it by itself, but, as several websites suggest, it would be good in a smoothie – especially if mixed with mango.

The New Volunteer Activity:

I was an usher for a private screening by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy for the new movie “A Walk in the Woods.”    Not exactly an earthshattering, exhausting volunteer activity, but still cool, something I had never done before, and helpful to the ATC.  The movie stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte as old acquaintances who walk part of the Appalachian Trail together, and their mini adventures, and comes out September 2nd.  It is based on the book of the same title by Bill Bryson, which I love.  The book – and movie are  funny, heartwarming, and have beautiful scenery depicted.  Yes, as a plus for ushering, I got to watch the film.  And, while manning the entrance, before the movie started – I sortof got to hear the director Ken Kwapis give a welcome speech, as well as some ATC folks.  I think it was Kwapis.  It was a “director” of some sort.  Anyway, a nice evening, and of course I recommend the movie!

The New Adventure – Place

I can’t believe that in the 22 years I’ve lived in DC, I have never been to Annapolis.  That FINALLY changed this month.  All I have to say is that is it absolutely beautiful (beyond the main tourist strip), is one of the cleanest cities I have ever seen, is filled with great old architecture, has more young kids in white Navy uniforms than I expected, and has an ice cream store on every block.  I would have taken more pictures, but I was with a friend, and didn’t want to hold up the wandering by taking pictures of old houses, their doors, birds, drones, and more.  But here are a few photos.

Onward to next month!

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