Monday, April 28 – Thursday, May 1
When the crew and I leave our camp along the San Rafael Reef, I don’t know where we will camp next.
The past few days the internet connection has grown steadily weaker until this morning it’s nothing. I don’t know if it’s the remote location or a problem with Verizon.
I return to the city of Green River in order to call Verizon.
By the time we drive into Green River I’m hungry. A chicken sandwich at Burger King and I’m fueled to call Verizon.
I learn that the problem is the remote location.
Silly me. I’m ready to blame the big V. I sign up for two more gigabytes of data per month for an additional $10. (Verizon charges $15 for every gigabyte over one’s contract in a month and I’ve been going over).
We truck on over to the Melon Vine Grocery . . .
Melons are revered in Green River. Melons are big in Green River. Really, really big. Melon Days are held in September. Signs all over town work to put melons on the mind of anyone driving through. Get your melons in Green River. Anyway . . .
As I approach the cash register, I take note of the check-out lady.
She’s one of those gregarious type people. Friendly. Loves to talk. She’s probably lived in Green River all her life, knows everybody’s name, who’s related to whom, and . . . hmm . . . where to camp!
As expected, she responds immediately.
“Oh, go out to the beach.”
Beach? Did she say BEACH? Oh, boy! We can do beach.
“You go east out of town. You cross over the river, and then you’ll go up a little hill. At the top of the hill, turn left onto Hastings Road. It’s a good road, paved. When it turns to dirt, you’ll come to a boat ramp and then the beach and camping is a little way past that.”
I am one happy camper as I drive out of the Melon Vine Grocery parking lot!
Hastings Road is specially designed to build anticipation!
I pick a pretty site.
I put up the Wilson antenna. Yay, we have internet!
On the other side of the Best Little Trailer is a short, sandy path going down to the river’s edge. The crew and I scramble down it, me with camera in hand.
I take this photo of the view across the river from our campsite. Gee, we have a unique “back yard!”
Spike checks the water, but he doesn’t go in (downstream view).
Our campsite is on the end of the campground that’s adjacent to Swasey’s Beach, so it’s a very short walk along the river.
“You two are gonna’ make great beach bums!”
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