Well, I was really hoping that Lupe would be ready to harvest by now, but apparently she has other ideas.
According to my own post about When to Harvest Cantaloupe, she is not ready because 1) the melon is still more green than beige, 2) the melon does not smell sweet at all; it lacks all smell actually, and most importantly, 3) the melon is not showing any signs of slipping from the vine yet. I guess what they say about muskmelons taking an average of five weeks from the initial fruit set to reach maturity is exactly that: just an average estimate. It has now been 5 1/2 weeks since Lupe first showed up on the plant, but she is definitely not ready for harvest.
You can see in this close-up picture that the part of the melon attached to the vine still looks very much attached, with no signs of slipping.
Sigh... I guess I'll wait another week (or more) until Lupe looks more ready. No point in harvesting an unripe melon, right? The good news is that our strange Indiana weather is still warm enough for a few more melon growing days. The day time highs are mostly in the 90s this week (hot!) and in the 70s next week. I hope Lupe will be ready to harvest before the end of the month.