As we approach departure date (1/13 or 1/14), I’m getting serious about planning the route and possible stops — looking at a couple of new options in Louisiana before we head over to Texas. We have gathered a lot of information and it is fun to look over used birding checklists and campground maps — and to read Mary’s diary for the highs and lows of past trips.
Today, I am working on the Airstream a bit — got the heat on this morning and decided to move it into a better position in the driveway with my Kubota tractor. Not the brightest idea I’ve had this week. After slipping and sliding and making thing worse, I got the truck set up and gee’s and haw’d around the icy driveway, getting the trailer positioned for loading. Our driveway is tough — steep, little room for turning, with a ditch on one side and ledge outcroppings on the other. It’s one reason we stay with a 25 foot trailer and even then, it’s quite a challenge. I ripped a long pipe holder off the bottom departing last year when I cut a corner too tight.
About half way through the process, after a lot of jostling with the tractor, I spotted a little deer mouse departing from underneath and scurrying across the frozen ground to under the front deck. “Well,” I thought, “one less traveler to take along.” I went on with my business but just as I finished unhitching the truck, another mouse did the same thing.
So, it’s time to set the mouse-traps. I hope they like Smucker’s peanut butter, even if it is low fat.