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Hazard Trees and Birds

If we find a tree, that is a risk to campers or campground property, we have to safely remove it.  This tree was rotted half way through near the bottom.  It had already broken and got snagged on another tree.  If not for getting snagged, it would have already fallen.  If it fell, it could either fall in the campsite (on a table or camper) or across the road and maybe reach the restroom.
Hazard Tree in Campground
The Village People came to cut down the hazard tree

 This was a bear of a tree to cut down.  Because it was snagged, the first cut didn’t do much.  As you can see in the next picture, it just shifted on the stump.

Hazard Tree - 1st cut
Hazard Tree - 1st cut

The second cut was about as successful.  A sledge hammer and a couple wedges were involved.  Everytime it moved, it moved closer to the tree it was snagged in.  It just stood straighter.  We had shortened it with 3 different cuts but it still wouldn’t come down.  Time to put the Dodge to work!

Put the Dodge to Work
Put the Dodge to Work

We’ve got a tree between the truck and the tree we’re taking out.  We tied the tow chain and strap around the tree and gave it a few tugs to pull it free from the other tree.  It came down right across the campsite driveway without damaging anything; 90 degrees from the truck.

Sandhill Cranes in Heber City, UT
Sandhill Cranes in Heber City, UT

The tree sprayers were finishing up in the campground so we made a Home Depot and Walmart run to Park City.  We ate lunch at our favorite hamburger joint in Heber City; the Dairy Keen.  Deciding to take the scenic route out of town, we saw the sandhill cranes in a field that was being watered by big sprinklers.  They are beautiful birds.

Antler Arch in Heber City, UT
Antler Arch in Heber City, UT

Before we made our way back to Hwy 40, we saw this impressive display of antlers (deer, moose, elk) on some personal property.  Jackson Hole’s got nothin’ on this guy!

Hummingbird on Calibrachoa flowers
Hummingbird on Calibrachoa flowers

A Forest Service approved Hummingbird feeder was one reason for the Home Depot trip.  We found this beautiful Calibrachoa.  I’ve also heard it called ‘Million Bells’.  It didn’t take long for the hummers to find it and the Impatiens.

Ruby Throat Hummingbirds
Ruby Throat Hummingbirds - Havin' a Conversation

Aren’t these ruby throats cute!

Mama Robin on the Nest
Mama Robin on the Nest

Mama Robin is very protective of her 4 little embryos.  There was a stellar jay getting too close to the nest when she was out eating.  She chased that jay away very quickly and got right back on the nest.  She seems to be spending more time on the nest than she did the first week after laying the eggs.

Chipping Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow

This looks like a Chipping Sparrow according to the bird book we’ve got.  If you have a different opinion, let me know.  I still don’t know what the other one is; that has yellow patches on it.

Last Spring Snow?

BBBBBBRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!

I wouldn’t go outside at all today if I didn’t have to.  But, alas, since the fridge is on the blitz, I have to trek on over to the camper to get milk.  The milk is partially frozen because we’re using the camper fridge as a freezer and the 12-volt ice chest as a fridge and it has no room for the milk.  So I get an Instant Breakfast slushy for breakfast. 🙂

Snow on the Dodge
The weather outside is frightful!

Our little weather alien seems to indicate we got an inch or two of snow last night.  But he’s not very accurate.  We got 4”!  He must have kept shaking it off.

Weather Alien
Weather Alien

Nothing stuck on the pavement though!  Okay, this is the last spring snow, right?  It is supposed to warm up to the upper 60’s, maybe 70’s, by the first of the week!  C’moooooonnnn  global warming!

Lodgepole Campground under May snow
Lodgepole Campground under May snow