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Rodent Attack Update

I just realized we didn't update you with the rodent attack.

We found out it was a squirrel that had done all the damage to the heater. We had seen and heard this squirrel around the motor home, jumping from the tree onto the roof running across, jumping onto the awning into another tree, dropping his pine cones from the trees and hitting the motor home, you know, being a real pain. We suspected that this squirrel was the culprit but didn't know how he was getting in. We put out sachets of natural deterrent in the bays, placed peppermint cotton balls around in the inside, things we had heard may work to keep him away, but didn't. Larry disconnected our sewer hose, as the steel wool that he was placing around the neck into the motor home kept being pulled out, so that was an indication that may have been the access point.

Then it happened, we could hear him in the heater vent very loudly. While I was looking in the direction of the noise and Larry was looking with a flashlight I saw movement inside the house! All of a sudden the squirrel came running from the bedroom through the living room flying onto the front screen bouncing off the walls as we were trying to chase him out. I opened all the window screens and the door to try to shoo him out. I'm not sure which outlet he took but he was gone.

Two days later it happened again. We were a little more prepared. When the squirrel came running out again, Larry closed the back door I ran and opened the front door and the squirrel went flying out the door. This had to stop! One day Larry heard him running in the vent, he could follow the noise, running up by the kitchen, through the bathroom, up one vent in the bedroom, in the heater register, down the other vent then out. This went on for another week, we finally figured it out, he was using us as a Habitrail! Since we were not in the market for a pet, again this had to stop!

Off to the hardware store we went. We found the trap we thought would work, now where to put it. Larry took the cover off of the heater area again, no room there, so he went to the wet bay. With both sides opened Larry could see light. The squirrel got into the wet bay, chewed through the foam insulation into the heater bay, chewed through the heater vents (and wires) and was just running around and having a good ole time.

Larry set the trap in the wet bay and closed everything up. The next day checked the trap and let's say, we are now squirrel pet free! It has been a week since this all happened and none of his friends have been by and we reconnected the sewer hose. Life is good. BTW, squirrel trap for sale!

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Guest — Joyce
So glad to hear you got rid of your destructive pet! Next time try to get one that doesn't tear the house to pieces!
Sunday, 21 September 2014 07:15
Guest — vansvilla@hughes.net
Glad that's over with!!!! oh by the way don't for get about paybacks , he will be waiting for you when you get back from Alaska Ja... Read More
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Film Museum & Alabama Hills

Film Museum & Alabama Hills

I forgot to tell you about our last weekend.

We took a drive south, again, to Lone Pine. We had recommendations to check out the Film Museum, of which we did. $5 per person donation and it was a very nice little museum. Not real big but sure had a lot of stuff in it. Oh so many movies and shows have been filmed in the Alabama Hills over the last 90 years. Hop-along Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Gunga Din, Tremors, Star Trek V, just to name a few. The first weekend in October the Film Museum and the town hosts a festival. It's a 3 day movie fest, along with some celebrities and a parade on Sunday. This year is their 25th anniversary.  http://www.lonepinefilmfestival.org/

While at the museum we bought a little book with gps coordinates to the film locations for a few of the movies and off we went to do a self tour on Movie Road. We went to a few of the locations, after that we didn't bother looking any more up because it all looked the same, lol. But the boulders in the area with the mountain range in the back were really neat. One outcropping of boulders looked like they had scales on them.

We also found out that we could boondock (dry camp) out in the Alabama Hills Recreation Area for free for 14 days. As long as it wasn't hot or rainy, it would be a nice area. There is also a BLM campground there as well, I think the fee is $6.

Another nice day spent with my sweetie exploring this area before we leave.

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Guest — C&J Moore
Nice Blogging Connie! We really liked the Alabama Hills, too. Loved the big boulders! Hugs, J&C
Friday, 19 September 2014 19:32
Guest — Joyce
I read your post through the link yesterday, but there were no pics. I enjoyed seeing the pics this morning.
Saturday, 20 September 2014 04:19
Guest — Tracy
Very nice pics. Especially the ones that have Mt. Whitney in the background! Love that area.
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 03:23
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10 years already!

10 years already!

Happy Anniversary to us! 10 years ago today we pulled away from our sticks & brick home to start our new life on the road. Still so much to see and experience. We have met so many people and made so many new friends since we have been traveling. Looking forward to seeing what the next 10 years has in store for us. If anyone is interested in our story, read our "How it all started" and "Countdown to full timing" posts.

The adventure to start our next 10 years will be our Alaska trip! Our Inyo Recreation family gave us a wonderful card along with maps and a travel book and a little money to do something fun. Very sweet and thoughtful of them and we thank you very much!!

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You will LOVE Alaska!!! I can't wait to go back someday! Our plan is to do some full time RV'ing in 3 years when I retire. We'll... Read More
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A sad day :'(

A sad day :'(

We have a heavy heart today. We lost our precious Grandma Cappie. She would have been 100 years old the end of October.

I have so many loving memories being with her; standing on a stool and stirring and spooning out the cookie dough, playing on the piano, ironing the handkerchiefs and pillow cases, homemade ice cream (she LOVED ice cream!) Easter egg coloring parties....

No set date for the Celebration of Life, but I'm hoping it will be on her birthday.

I am happy that she is finally with the love of her life, she had missed Grandpa Pat so much.

RIP Grandma Cappie and give Grandpa Pat a big hug from me.

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Sorry for your loss.
Tuesday, 07 October 2014 03:18
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My morning walk

I wish my brain was functioning a little quicker this morning during my walk. My walking trail takes me through an underpass so I don't have to cross the busy road. The sun hadn't risen yet but it was plenty light enough outside, more so than I was normally starting out in the mornings. As I approached the tunnel I saw a shadowy movement. I stopped, it stopped. I realized that it was a bear. I backed up and told him to go ahead, he hesitated a few seconds and then proceeded to come out of the tunnel and then ran up the embankment. Why didn't I grab my phone and record him before telling him to come ahead? lol Maybe next time.

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