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Getting into the swing at Lodgepole Campground, Utah

The aspen on the hillside are finally leafing out.  Aspen spread by sending up new shoots from the roots instead of by seeds.  By the way you see clumps of trees leafing out at the same time, I wonder if they are from the same root system (family)?  You can see some on the hillside that look that they might be dead.  But I suspect that a couple days of warm temps will bring that sap up the trunk and get those leaves out.

Lodgepole Campground Host Site
Lodgepole Campground Host Site - Aspen on hillside

The aspen are so pretty with the morning dew and the sun backlighting them.  The little stands of trees, with their white bark and bright green leaves, stop me in my tracks. 

Aspen Stand In Lodgepole Campground
Aspen Stand In Lodgepole Campground

If I get up early enough, I like to walk around the campground.  I should measure it to see how far I’m walking.  It’s on a nice rolling hill so it’s good exercise to get me going.  I usually see a deer somewhere along my route.  As I was walking around, yesterday, I found a hose stretched out between the water hydrant and a camper’s trailer.  It was connected to the trailer but not the hydrant.  I didn’t see anyone stirring yet so I left it and walked, the other way around the loop, so I’d pass it again later.  As I passed it again, I started rolling up the 100’ of hose.  An older gentleman apologized for leaving it.  He said he was helping his brother with a repair.  I kindly told him that we can’t allow connections from hydrants to trailers due to the cross-connection contamination risk.  He told me it wasn’t connected to the hydrant; that it was laying on the rock.  I said, “Well, I figured that that’s why it was there, right?”  He said, “Yes.”  I don’t know why it surprises me when people think I’m stupid.  I have it written right on my forehead!  Anyway, he finished putting away his hose and I think he was embarrassed for trying to lie to me.

Deer in Lodgepole Campground, near Heber City, Utah
Deer in Lodgepole Campground, near Heber City, Utah

Love is in the air!  But, be aware, Spring Fever can be hazardous to your health – not to mention life-threatening!  I had to call a chipmunk meeting this morning.  I’d noticed the chipmunks chasing each other, carefree, through the campground.  They aren’t even aware of where they are running!  I’m not so worried about them tripping on a rock and stubbing their toe or even tripping ME!  But, after what I found this morning, I am truly concerned for their cute little lives.  We had to have a chipmunk funeral this morning for Romeo and Juliet Chipmunk.  You see, they were chasing each other around the restroom.  They went through the vent to enter the Ladies Room, chased around the floor and then jumped up onto the toilet seat.  You know those (clean) seats can be very slippery to those little paws with the long claws.  Well, Juliet slipped right into the bowl and, like jets flying in close formation, Romeo went in before he knew it!  Too much water and sides too slippery to get out, they died of hypothermia.  Stiff as little boards when I fished them out with my handy-dandy-campground-manager-grabber-tool.  …into the bucket and tossed into the woods…dust-to-dust… hand over my heart…moment of silence…heavy sigh and back to work!

Chipmunk Love
Chipmunk Love

We had a nice lightening show a couple nights ago.  The forecast is for scattered thunderstorms for the next 5 days.  However, we’ve gotten very little rain out them.  Our campground is the greenest one around here.  Just a couple miles up the canyon is Strawberry Reservoir in a high mountain valley that is not much more than sagebrush.  I like our spot!

Thunderstorms acomin'
Thunderstorms acomin'

Apparently the Mountain Bluebirds like the sagebrush.  We don’t see any in Lodgepole but they are all along the road to Strawberry.  Of course, that’s where all their houses are too!  Cheaters!

Mountain Bluebird - male
Mountain Bluebird - male - females have a grey front

We have Hairy Woodpeckers and Ruby –throated hummingbirds.  The throat actually looks black (on the male) until the sun hits it.  This one turned around to pose for me!  The females don’t have the coloring on the throat.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Next are pix of two different Hairy Woodpeckers.  No, they have feathers, not hair.  I don’t know who named them.  One has more red on the head.  I wonder if that’s the male and the other is the female?  In the “critter” world, the male is the most colorful!  hhmmm, I guess human males are pretty “colorful” too – hahaha – just listen to them

Hairy Woodpecker - female?
Hairy Woodpecker - female?
Hairy Woodpecker - male?
Hairy Woodpecker - male?