Workamper Activities: Wildlife Viewing and Logging

I’m glad the elk season is over so they can come out of hiding again.

Cows-n-Cows
Cows-n-Cows

I think it actually ended a week or two ago.  We could tell the “memo” had been received when we started seeing the herd again.

Roosevelt Elk Spike
Roosevelt Elk Spike

Some cows are contained by a barbed-wire fence…others are not.  I’d like to see one of those black cows try this:

Effortless Jump
Effortless Jump

Not all workampers use a chainsaw.  Sometimes there’s no opportunity even if you are willing and able.  I’ve seen Don tackle some pretty large trees.

But for something this large we call in 40 years of experience.  This tree is 7 feet in diameter.  The top blew out during a winter storm a couple years ago.  It is now dead.

Cape Perpetua Snag with Faller
Cape Perpetua Snag with Faller

A “snag” is a standing dead tree.  That is never a good thing to have in a campground.  It’s a hazard.  So we called in an experienced tree faller to get this one on the ground while the Cape Perpetua Campground is empty.  If you look closely, you can see the faller at the base of the tree.  He is holding his axe up to see how the tree is leaning.  He does this to plan where to make his cuts in order to fall it so it will not damage property.  He was hoping to fall it up the hill instead of across the road but he determined it is not possible.  So, there will be a lot of cleanup afterwards!  We’ve used this man before.  He is fun to watch.  He’ll tell you exactly where the tree will land.

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