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Gettin’ Busy at Lodgepole Campground

What a way to start the day!  I opened the blinds, this morning, and saw two young bull moose eating in my backyard.  I got some good pix before the people next door ran toward them with their cameras.  I waited a little while and walked up to the next group site to see if the moose would follow the fence line.  Sure enough, there they were.  So I pointed them out to a motorcycle camper and we stood there in awe and taking pix as they slowly walked past us.
Young Bull Moose in Lodgepole Campground
Young Bull Moose in Lodgepole Campground

I haven’t seen these giant columbines (about 2 1/2 inches in diameter) since we were in Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon, east of Salt Lake City.  There are less than a dozen here in our campground.

Giant Columbine
Giant ColumbineThere aren't too many mushrooms here but here is a puffball; an edible mushroom. I have never seen one this big! I put my garbage picker next to it to show the size. We ate a couple smaller ones, sauteed in butter and garlic, a week ago. It gave us gas so we won't try this one.Puffball Mushroom

 We have regular tree squirrels here too but they are not as prevalent as the ground squirrels.  This one was making a racket as I walked by so I pointed my camera at him and shot!  Doesn’t he look like he’s hanging on for dear life!  He was very still as long as I was looking at him.

Tree Squirrel
Tree Squirrel

These baby robins are only 12 days old!  You think our children grow fast!  I think I know how they learn to fly.  One wrong move and sister gets pushed out of the nest.

Robins - 12 days old
Robins - 12 days old
A camper, pulling a 5’er, broke his emergency brake release cable before he backed into a campsite.  That campsite is reserved for Friday and he was worried he wouldn’t be able to get the truck fixed by then.  Another camper volunteered to pull his rig into site 50 (a double), since it was the only FCFS site that he’d fit in.  When the tow truck came, the driver showed him how to release the brake so he could drive it in to get it replaced.
Fishing License, Pontoon, what else do ya need?
Fishing License, Pontoon, what else do ya need?

 Uh oh – the pontoon boat is loaded, fishing gear is gathered, fishing license is purchased.  If I look out tomorrow and the truck is gone, I may not know when he’ll be back but I’ll know where he is!

A slow day-in-the-life of a workamper

We’ve seen evidence of a mouse-in-the-house lately.  So, we set an electronic trap and put a bait block out last night.  In true ‘Don’ fashion, he took a picture of the bait block so we’d be able to compare it in the morning to see if any had been eaten.  (He’s so resourceful!)  So, my morning started by noticing that the electronic trap had been tripped.  This electronic trap is enclosed so you can’t see the prisoner until you open it.  It is ‘supposed’ to electrocute the little rascal where you don’t have to see it.  There is a light that flashes when it has been tripped.  The light was flashing!  I’m not going to open it!  Then, I noticed that the WHOLE block of bait is GONE!  Whoa!  That must be some big mouse!?  I found it under the book shelf, only a foot or so away, where he’d dragged it.  Maybe he had a friend helping him?  We did see some nibble marks so he at least got one dose of poison.

I usually do some exercises with 10 lb weights before I open the blinds in the morning.  Today I skipped the ones where I have to lay on the floor. :-}  Then I open the blinds to let the sunshine in.  I can see the entrance road from my position at the table, where I do my morning reading and work on the computer but the windows were foggy on this morning and I could hardly see anything.  So, I was surprised when Don had been sitting on the couch for a while and then noticed we had a geyser at the Dump Station!  Water was pooring out of the drinking water pipe.  Wonder how long that had been going on?  Hope the tank isn’t almost drained!  Turned out that the valve had frozen.  Don got it ready and called maintenance for a new valve. 

Although our campground is open, we don’t have any campers today; what with the snow and it being a week day and school is still in session.  I headed down to the lower loop in my trusty golf cart to see if Comet would do the trick on those pesky sink stains.  On the way, I checked the fee tube, put up a couple signs on the sign boards and on the water hydrants and spray painted the Fee Envelope box.  A FS employee came in to mark trees for the sprayers tomorrow.  After I finished scrubbing bathroom #2, I went to introduce myself to her.  She asked me if I saw the camper in the small white sedan.  I hadn’t, but she told him to talk to the Host because he was looking for a site for a couple weeks.  Turned out that he went up to the trailer and knocked on the door just as Don was changing his pants because he’d noticed a tear in them that had enlarged to the point of disrepair.  (By the way, you can always count on knocks on the door when you are 1) eating, 2) showering, 3) using the bathroom, 4) changing clothes.) hahaha  Anyway, this gentleman wanted site 14 because it said ‘OPEN’ on it.  Well, actually, they all say ‘OPEN’ on them.  But they also say ‘UNTIL’ and a date; which is only a couple days away.  He must have been in too much of a hurry to read the other half of the sign.

Well, since the tree sprayers are coming in tomorrow, and nobody can be in the campground when they spray, there is no sense in letting anyone camp tonight.  So I turned all the ‘OPEN’ signs around to show the Reservation dates.

Maintenance came with the valve; hydrant fixed and we turned it off so it wouldn’t freeze again. We’ll open it before customers get here for the busy weekend.

Don fixed the water connection in our rig; replaced a part.  He removed, what was left of, the company decals from the company truck with a blow dryer and rubbing alcohol.  Then we put the new decals on.

There are some over-hanging limbs around the campground that we’ve been meaning to get to.  So, we outfitted the truck for the duty.  I drove while Don sat in the back watching to see if the poles touched any limbs.  Mounted on the truck, the poles are 15′ high.  If they did, he’d tell me to stop and he’d lop them off.  There was only one time when he actually needed the ladder.  I got out to help him with that but I really didn’t need to.  It was very secure and not very high.  I’ve seen scarrier things! …enough said

Tree Trimming Outfit
Tree Trimming Outfit

We went over to the supply building to return a couple tools and get a few more supplies and some gas.  We closed the gate behind us so we wouldn’t have to worry about campers and sprayers colliding tomorrow.  Along the way we were able to enjoy some wildlife.

Hawk over Strawberry Res
Hawk over Strawberry Res

A hawk hoovering

Potgut - Uinta Ground Squirrel
Potgut - Uinta Ground Squirrel

A potgut posing

Duck
What kind of duck is this?

and a duck ducking