I work my way around to a sandy point of land and stop. From here there is a large expanse of water. The Mississippi River comes in from the right and the Ohio River, with a volume larger than the Mississippi, comes in from the left. Together they flow south as the Mississippi.
I grab a couple of empty water jugs and head up to the park only to discover there is no drinking water or bathrooms in Fort Defiance State Park. Two retired couples are there looking around and I chat with the women. “Which one is the Mississippi?” they ask me. I explain to them what’s going on and how the Ohio River is coming down from Pittsburgh. “Thanks for the geography lesson.” They say sincerely but with a laugh. They take my picture and wish me luck and head back to the air conditioned cars. I look at them and think just a couple of minutes in air conditioning would be nice.
I leave the point and realize how big the crossing of the confluence is and how much traffic there is and scramble to put on my PFD. (Personal Flotation Device) Yeah the river is big now.
I camp on a sand bar and as the sun set, glowing orange, yellow with streaks of red and purple, a full moon, a brilliant orange, rises behind me in a perfectly clear sky. Its magical and sets the mood. I call my wife who has family over to eat and celebrate the moon festival. Lijun is Chinese and the moon festival is sort of like Thanksgiving where the entire family gathers to feast. I feel bad not being with them and realize how much I miss my wife and family. I send out a Instagram post saying how much I love everyone. I go to bed happy but with emotions churning and coming to the surface.