It was 82 dgs at 3pm when I went to take my shower at the General Store. Getting out of the van with 5 Bucks in my back jeans pocket, I walked up the wooden porch to the general store. The sound of wooden planks under my feet was familiar, as if I had lived in the Old West before and had walked down wooden porches that connected one shop to another in some dusty Western town. One step inside the store, though, and I was back to the Year 2013 instantly. A "new generation" girl was at the cash register, with a shop full of gifts, tokens, clothes, everything for the hiker, rock climber and weekend urban escapee. I knew what I came for, having been here several times already. I came for the Shower key and Token. I marched right up and traded my $5 bill for a wooden duck with a key attached. It was painted orange.
I trotted off, back down the wooden walkway and around the wood building to the back. A wooden sign with a finger pointed toward the showers. There were two of them sided by side in a wooden out building. One had an Orange Duck on the door, the other had a Purple Moon. I got lucky. I was the Duck today, the larger of the two shower rooms.
I stopped to look at a Pear Cactus, full of vibrant yellow blooms standing against a wood wall. This plant was clearly loving where it was living, in all the desert sun with a water spigot nearby.
The Shower was coin operated. Once you put that token in, you had 7-1/2 minutes, so you better be ready! The water was nice and hot, and washed the sandy desert winds right off of me. Feeling much refreshed, I went to return the key, pausing to look at a colorful upright piano sitting right outside! It was painted all different colors. I lifted the keyboard cover to try it.