On our most recent roadtrip, we did a mix of things. We stayed in beautiful rental homes, mediocre motels, and of course we did some camping. We visited the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park, which I had never been to. Before we headed up I stopped at a grocery store to pick up some things we might need and to avoid having to shop for too many things at the general store in the park, which would be overpriced. On a whim, I grabbed a watermelon – one of my favorite outdoor treats.
We drove a couple of hours from Flagstaff to our Grand Canyon camp site. On the way there we managed to not have a single view of the canyon from our car. We were greeted my my in-laws who had gotten in the day before us, and our oldest son who stayed with them. We were also greeted by some wildlife, which is always a neat experience.
I was excited to get to the viewing area, so we put away all of our perishables in the coolers, and placed most of our things into our tents. We set the watermelon on the table so that it wasn’t rolling around in the van. Then we headed off to check out the Grand Canyon as a family. It was a little overcast, but still pretty incredible.
We spent some time walking around and enjoying the view. We even did a little people watching and chatting with friendly visitors. Soon it was time to head back to camp so we could get started on dinner. My in-laws popped into the general store to grab what we needed for the One-Pot Camping Spaghetti, and the rest of us headed right back to camp. I couldn’t wait to get a little taste of that watermelon.
“Wait, what’s that on our watermelon?”
Turns out those ravens are more than just noisy. They’re also incredibly crafty. And they love watermelon.
“Well um, I guess we can just cut that half off. Let me just grab a…WHAT THE HECK?”
No watermelon for us this time. At least the birds enjoyed it.
The moral of this story: Don’t leave your melons out.