The day started off slow enough for wildlife viewing. We saw our first turtle ever in Oregon.
A little later in the day, as we were sitting on the deck and planning the next step of our jetty project, we saw a bear cross the Alsea to the opposite side of the river.
He walked into the trees so we watched to see if he’d come out in the field and run down the route we’d seen him on previously. But then we saw him down by the river and making his way on the river bank. So we watched and videoed (is that a word? spellchecker didn’t like it spelled videod)
He swam right past us! It’s like living on a wildlife thorofare!
These photos were taken just a few miles west of Blackberry Campground.
Some tubers were floating down the river this afternoon. They, obviously, only get to visit for a few days at a time and don’t get to watch the river as much as we do. We overheard him saying “there were more rapids the last time I was here.” lol – If you don’t live on this part of the Alsea River you might not notice the tide’s effect on the level. After all, who’d think the tide had any effect 12 miles up the river? This photo is about mid-tide.
A big willow branch broke off, drifted downriver and snagged on this rock (below). Now it is growing! If you enlarge the above photo you can find the same willow branch to compare the tide level to the low tide below.
Green Heron are usually pretty shy but 2 of them have been working the river pretty steady for a week or so.
Here’s a closeup of the Green Heron.
C’mon! I’m not close enough to annoy you! That’s the look my family gives me when I want to take their photo AGAIN! LOL
The last thing to roll up the river today was Sneaky Pete (I named him for his behavior):
At high tide, in the summer, the Alsea River can look so still it looks like a lake. The seals don’t spend a lot of time up here and most of it is spent under the surface. We could tell by the water movement that something big was wandering around under there; although it seemed to move very slowly.
Like a lot of wildlife, although large, they can be very stealthy when they want to be! And when they are fishing, they are in stealth mode.
I wonder if I could talk Sneaky Pete into goosing a tuber? 🙂
All photos were taken a few miles downriver of Blackberry Campground.
I am sure that one causes the other…unless your break is drowned out.
I’m just thinking of you poor families living in the northern regions where snow hasn’t melted off your lawn yet and the kids are crying, “when can we go camping?!”
Maybe it’s time to unpickle the RV! Don’t wait until the week before you want to camp to flush the antifreeze, check the heater, water heater, stove, batteries, etc. You don’t want to be making last minute repairs with the kids breathing down your neck.
Find that camping checklist or make a new one.
You’d be surprised how many people show up in a campground without the basics: axe, matches/lighter, flashlight, can opener, etc.
If tent camping is your deal, set up the tent in the backyard (or living room) before you head to the campground. Tents are really of no use without poles.
When camping with your kids, consider a campground with an on-site host. Hosted campgrounds are generally more family-friendly. The rowdies tend to go somewhere else where no one will be complaining about their inconsiderate behavior.
Check out American Land & Leisure for some of the friendliest campground hosts you’ll find in the US. Choose a state under FIND OR RESERVE YOUR SITE. Many of their campgrounds begin opening in April; some are open year-round.
Alllie didn’t have a calf last year. I hope she will this year.
We took our lunch out to Canal Creek Group Campground today. It is only open for reservations from mid-May through Labor Day now. We walked in to look at the creek and eat lunch. Those little white moths are so fast that I’d never noticed they have a black pattern. This one was apparently just drying out his wings. I think the steelhead like them.
This knot looks like an eye on the picnic table. I can tell the ground is warming up because the grass is growing again. Everything is starting to green-up!