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We have a couple of crows here at the campground who spend all day walking back and forth on top of our motorhome’s roof, starting early in the morning. I don’t think a pair of kangaroos could be any noisier. Short of a scarecrow or a BB gun, I don’t know what to do to get rid of them. Any suggestions?

Oceana Leisure Time Resort is located on the Washington coast and though it’s a small campground, it has three levels. The lower level, which is right next to State Route 109, has maybe 8 or 10 full hookup back in 30 amp RV sites. Then, up a small hill are 10 pull through sites with 30 amp electric and water, as well as 7 back in full hookup 50 amp sites that are available for lease on a long term basis. From there you cross a narrow wooden bridge over Connor Creek to a third area with another 50 RV sites with 30 amp water and electric. From this third area you can walk the path I showed in yesterday’s blog to the beach.

We are parked in the second section, in one of the leased sites, but when we checked in I misunderstood the manager’s directions and thought he was sending us to the third section. The bridge gave me pause, but there are several other big diesel pushers up there so I knew it would hold us, but that still didn’t mean I liked crossing it. And then only to realize I had to turn around and go right back across the darn thing!

Wooden bridge Oceana

After we picked up our mail at the post office yesterday we drove into Aberdeen to do some banking and look around. The twin towns of Aberdeen and Hoquiam are the largest in Grays Harbor County, and the harbor itself is the largest deep water harbor on the coast north of San Francisco. For well over 100 years, huge ships have put in here to load cargos of logs from the deep forests of the Olympic Peninsula.

Back when lumber was king, this was a busy place. But over the years it has fallen on hard times and never recovered. Today it’s a gloomy, depressing place and Terry asked me why I ever chose to move here years ago. Looking at it today, I’d have to wonder why myself, but I have no regrets. I got my start in the newspaper business here and made a lot of money at one time. The money has been gone a long time, but the lessons I learned here helped me build a good career and a good life. We took these pictures from a hill overlooking town, with Aberdeen in the top two and Hoquiam and the open harbor in the bottom.

Aberdeen aerial view 2

Aberdeen aerial view

Hoquiam aerial view

While we were in town we visited with my old friend Phil Bosarge, who runs a taxidermy studio on his acreage six miles north of Aberdeen on the Wishkah River. Phil has all kinds of critters from your run of the mill cats and dogs to a parrot and he also raises chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats, and even a young cow that thinks it’s a member of the family. I didn’t have the heart to tell it what’s going to happen when it grows up. We had a good time meeting Phil’s family, visiting, and talking about the good old days.

It’s time to get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal ready to send to the printer, so that will keep me busy for the next few days. But I’m sure I’ll take a few breaks so we can sneak away for a walk on the beach now and then.

Thought For The Day – Good friends know how many drinks you can handle before you start making poor choices. Great friends buy you that drink.

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  2 Responses to “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

  1. Nick,

    Had the same problem with birds on our roof while we were in Emerald Cove on the Colorado River,north of Quartzsite. To solve our problem of birds having a party on our roof shortly after the sun comes up (don’t remember if they were crows or not), we got an extendable pole and a paper hawk to hang on it from a vendor in Quartzsite (although I’m sure they’re available elsewhere). Seems to have done the trick when we have bird parties on our roof, but since we haven’t been cursed with those parties lately, haven’t even put up the darn thing. Obviously it serves to let us know where our rig is also. Best of luck with them crows!

  2. Hi Nick,

    Here where we are staying for a few months in Seattle area, we have been cursed with crows as well…sometimes they start in near our windows about 4 AM or so…loud and raucous. Seems they run the area as at our daughter’s house one rarely even sees other birds. My husband is good at making a sound like an eagle does…THAT a crow does NOT like. They do not necessarily go away, but at least they SHUT UP. So whenever I have had enough of their screeching, I ask him to please go whistle. If you are unable to whistle that way, maybe you can find something online and set up your computer outside whenever you are up and see if they decide to go elsewhere than where you are. Also, crows are very smart…when we were living in NC, I on the rare occasions they came around, they were so mean to the other birds, so I would just go to the window and shake my fist at them and make a mad face…they left and it would be a long time till they returned. I figured out if I only set out birdseed WITHOUT corn in it, they left our yard alone. Hope you can find something to help…but at least you are not staying there too long….

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