When I camp, I usually hand a couple of free books out to nearby campers as advertising. Yesterday morning, after a three mile walk, I saw a woman out at the camper two sites down so I took her a copy of The Lady of the Lake. As we visited, she said her neighbors Syd and Ken told her about someone who writes books based in different campgrounds. Was I that person? She said she lived in West Liberty, and Syd and Ken--who we have often camped with--are her neighbors! Then I gave another book to the people next to me and it turned out that woman was in my sister's class.
Lunch was a reminder that time is also a 'small world.' It always amazes with old friends, even those you don't see very often, how time seems to collapse and you pick up right where you left off. I had lunch at the Rustic Brew, a fun local restaurant, with four classmates. Even though sixty plus years have passed since we saw each other on a daily basis, we managed to keep up a steady stream of conversation for three hours. Fun times!
Later in the day, the campground began to fill up and I lost my view of the lake. This loop is especially narrow, making the neighbors across the way very close. I knew it was going to happen but I will have to make a note to avoid these sites in the future. I will say that I have to upgrade the showers here to an A-. They have replaced the two dinky half-inch hooks with much larger ones. And instead of the timed showers where you have to push a button to get 30 seconds worth of a water at a time and you can't control the temperature, they have a temperature conrol with no limits. Great luxury! They just need to add a shelf in the shower itself for shampoo, etc and I will upgrade them to an A+.
Although I will probably not make it to the fair, it has been a nice visit. I so enjoy the walks here, especially the area around the dam. In one of the photos below, you can see the hole in the dam in the lower right corner that figures in the plot of The Lady of the Lake.
Some random thoughts about writing, camping, and eating.