Scouting the Hills Above Homer
Took a trip out East End Road and then Olstead Mountain Road to the back side of the old Russian community and then to the mountaintop gravel pit, the road to which gives great panoramas of the surrounding area.
As always, click on any image for a larger, sharper version.
A hopeful sign, a bit of roadside fireweed finally coming into bloom. Unfortunately, the open fileds of this stuff seem to still be a couple of weeks from bursting into bloom.
More Moose Moms
I ran into a few momma moose with their calves on Skyline Drive this morning.
You need to keep an eye out for these guys when driving through residential areas as well as when travelling the back country roads.
I’m not sure how a gardener would go about deterring this kind of garden pest, pretty dangerous to try and scare off a mother moose with calf.
If you are ever near a moose and calf and Mom assumes this posture, ears flattened and hair raised, you want to seek cover, retreat as quick as possible. This Momma moose had had enough of an iPhone photographer trying to get close enough to get a “good” shot. These guys ( gals) cause more injuries to humans in Alaska than do the fearful brown bears.
The Neighbors From Hell
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse around here, noisewise, the obnoxious family from across the road, whose constant racket was barely tolerable when they were 50 feet away, decided to move into the beachfront spot next to me when the camper there moved out. Two kids, a beater fifth wheel and FIVE barking dogs. Wonderful couple in their 30’s with wife being about five foot tall, weighing in at around 200 pounds with wonderful full neck tattoos. They proceeded to set up their dog pound ( enclosure ) directly under my driver’s side window, then dragged out the absolute loudest 2000 watt generator in existence, cranked it up ( this is about 4 PM ), put it under the echo chamber that is the overhang of the fifth wheel, that happens to be about six feet from my bedroom window, turned it to direct it’s exhaust, and noise, in my direction, and then hauled their load of firewood to the fire ring in front of our sites. I’m sure that since they have ignored the existing all out burn ban on their previous site across the road, I’ll most likely be treated to some wonderful smoke filled hours this evening.
The generator roared on, vibrations from which actually could be felt in my motorhome, glasses chattering in the cupboard, until around 10:30 when it thankfully was turned off … so that they could hook up their incredibly loud diesel pickup to their rig and take it to the dump station. By 11 PM they were hooked up and the campground stunk to high heavens of idling diesel fumes. Well, they must have had a little trouble unloading at the dump station ( or maybe they just dropped their waste down the road on the beach or something, wouldn’t put it past these animals ), because they didn’t make it back to get reset up until almost midnight. And of course, being so late, they set up as quietly as possible, just kidding, if there was a door that could be slammed, or dogs that could be set out to bark, or kids, or Mom, that could scream out expletives, well, what could I expect.
Amazingly, since it was only a little past midnight, they did NOT start up the generator again, thought sure they would just have to do that, but I guess they were just too exhausted from their struggles and finally shut down and went to bed, thereby allowing the other 200 people here to also be able to at long last, get a little sleep.
The image above shows how these inconsiderate jerks left their truck hooked up when they moved back in at midnight, the truck now all but completely blocking the narrow road between sites and making it pretty much impossible for me to be able to manuever around them when backing out of my site, which I am definitely going to be trying to do in the morning.
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