Saturday, April 29, 2017

So Many Good Ideas

34 Kim Jong-uns

Today, Saturday, I saw Kobae moving a little on the porch and looking over his shoulder at me. That tells me he was about ready to go stare at the fridge and wait for his servant (me) to bring him his food. So.....I fed the three Breakfast at Tiffany's locations with a little extra sunflower seeds to get the rock squirrels that were lurking waiting for Kobae food to depart for the feeding spots. One minute after throwing food down at each of the locations I photographed 12 out back, ten on the side, and 12 out front. There are at least 34 of them and I'm sure I missed 5 or 10 that came to the feeding spots later. I had my best friend from high school show up with three of his friends and while we were talking they kept going for Kobae's food and I kept blowing them off the porch with squirt guns. They'd come right back at me again. Twice while I was standing right in the doorway to the front of the lodge squirt gun guarding Kobae's food while he was eating two ran right by my legs and in the lodge. I chased em out with a broom and squirt gun firing away. Shortly after I noticed them jumping up on tires of cars in the parking lot plotting for ways to break in so I sprayed all tires and engines with Critter Begone.

Having had the truck, jeep, and generator all hit by them before the mechanics tell me that some vehicles spark plug wires and starter wires are made of a vegetable derivative of some sort, I forget which vegetable, making them a tasty treat for critters.

They still hung around the vehicles but didn't jump up on them anymore. That doesn't mean they're defeated it just means they're designing a new plan. In the military I was a prison guard for eight years and it always seemed unfair that as a guard we had a million things to do and the prisoners had 24 hours a day to figure out how to escape. Who's odds does that favor? That's how this is starting to feel. They haven't come up with a nuclear weapon yet but I'm nervous they're working on it.

Friday, April 28, 2017


Started like this on the way to town this morning and was snowing like this on the way back.

Base Camp Throw Down: Pretty Cool

Each year they leave me a special disc after their weekend of disc and camping is over and it's much appreciated.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Day Off

If you count four loads of laundry, hanging on the line, and cleaning three rooms as a day off.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Just Some Stuff

The lodge has been so busy since early March and the weekends for campers is crazy. Usually most if not all the rooms are full and there are 25 to 30 campers on the hill by the hogans. On Saturday there were 25 campers on the hill playing disc, eight more staying in the lodge, and 30 random people showed up off and on all day to play.
Coming back from town on Friday I ran across two guys riding their bicycles and ask them where they were headed. They said they didn't know for sure but they had lots of water and lots of food on the trailer so they were just going to keep going until they ran out. They showed up at the lodge after a wrong turn five or so miles down Kane Creek Canyon, left there stuff here, then biked around Jackson Hole. After hanging out with Kobae for awhile they loaded up and headed down Lockhart Basin saying they'd be back in two or three days, but so far they haven't.
On Sunday a camper came down from the hogans and said he saw what must be ringtails run under the side of the lodge. He described them as gray with long tails. I showed him a rock squirrel and he said that wasn't what he saw. As I'm driving back from Last Hurrah on Monday I see two really small, almost miniature red foxes run across the trail right in front of me. I've had a high point of 11 gray foxes. I've seen one kit fox. I've seen one red fox on this side of Hurrah Pass and that's it for foxes. To see two very young ones is a big surprise.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

If You Remember

Last year on Halloween Kobae and I were hiking down the quiet streets of Tierrasanta in San Diego, Kobae minding his own business and I reading a book when a TV reporter and camera person from San Diego Channel 10 showed up and started following us. In time I wound up in my Bunny costume I had just bought to take Kobae trick or treating as the Tortoise and the Hare, the head piece is a sweat box just in case your ever tempted to have your own hare costume. The TV reporter was going through her phone a day or two ago and realized she had forgotten to send a couple pictures that were taken to Heather and she just forwarded them on.