This is a Gold Strike that I have been watching all season, from the day it first set. Once you've become experienced in growing melons, you can spot the "super" melons from the good ones. They have their own special look and kind of rise up above the canopy in their own special way. I knew this was going to be one of those, except this had "extra special" written all over it. So I let it stay on the vine a little longer than usual, and when it was time to pick, I knew I'd have to have help in carrying it. So my nephew came over and we put in my garage refrigerator. I let it stay there for four days and was just barely able to get inside the house by myself. It weighed 37 lbs. which is quite large for a Gold Strike. When I plunged my special watermelon knife into it, it automatically split from end to end. This is a sign that you always want to see, because it means the melon is at peak ripeness. When I finally opened it up, it was like seeing a long lost friend.
I'm not ashamed to say that tears welled up in my eyes, because I have not seen a melon like this in a long time. Then I sliced one half into quarters and placed one quarter on the counter, sliced a small piece, placed it in my mouth and started grinning my ear to ear. This was pure heaven. Then I started wishing that all of you guys could be standing in my kitchen, and I could give each one of you a slice of this gift from the man upstairs. This was a VERY special moment for me, because two weeks ago I had a near death accident, and it was a blessing from God that I was able to stand there savoring this wonderful watermelon that he let me grow and also let me enjoy eating. .