Thursday, May 15
Before leaving Green River, Utah, the crew and I stop in town to prepare for our next camp. At Ace Hardware I have the empty propane tank filled and the half-empty second tank topped off.
Next we swing into Green River State Park to dump the waste tanks and to fill up the water tank and the water jugs ($5). At the Sinclair station I pump some gas into the Perfect Tow Vehicle. A dash into the convenience store to buy a bag of trail mix, and we’re good to go!
We travel about 120 miles due west.
Interstate 70 takes us all the way to Salina, Utah. Another twenty miles or so on Highway 50 and we arrive at the turn to Maple Grove Campground.
Instead we are going to a familiar creek side camp on the forest service road before the campground. Maybe you remember it from last year?
The road is a straight shot across bucolic Round Valley.
We pass cattle grazing on fresh, spring grass while we move toward the Pavant Range and Fishlake National Forest. I hope no one is in that pretty site we had last year!
I left our Green River camp on a Thursday, rather than Friday, in order to better our odds of obtaining this former campsite that the crew and I enjoyed last year. Oh, please be empty, please be empty . . .
Yes! We got it!
Happily I back the Best Little Trailer among the trees. I maneuver until the BLT is close to level. I throw down a board behind the low wheel and back up onto it. Our front door opens to a slope leading down to a grassy lawn and cheerful Ivie Creek.
We run down the bank to greet the creek like an old friend.
A kiss-on-the-run is her reply.
Gee, this morning it was sand. Now it’s green grass. From one idyllic camp to another.
“Okay, nut cakes. Let’s go finish setting up our new home.”
NOTE: “Green, Green Grass of Home” is the title of a ballad written by Claude “Curly” Putnam, Jr. It was first recorded in the sixties by Johnny Darrell, then by Porter Waggoner, Bobby Bare, Tom Jones, Charley Pride, Roger Miller, Johnny Cash, Joan Baez, Trini Lopez, and Merle Haggard, to name a few. Still popular into the seventies, it was sung by George Jones, Elvis Presley, Kenny Rogers and others.
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