Maybe it's my Irish heritage and all those previous lives I lived with the Celts in the primeval forests, but gosh, I love camping! I love to watch how the light shifts and changes as the day passes by. I love sweeping out the camper before breakfast, sitting with my book by the edge of the river, and cooking on the camp stove.
The Scamp is so tiny that we call it our "mousie hole." It has a queen size bed in it, a tiny kitchen, and a bathroom, if you can believe that! No more getting up in the middle of the night and walking down to the loo with a flashlight.Most of our cooking is done outside just because it is easier if the weather is nice, but the kitchen is nice for tea or a snack.
The very best thing is our yummy bed. Having reached the point where sleeping on the ground is no longer thrilling, the bed is my favorite part of the camper--such a cozy place for an afternoon nap.
Our camping spot, next to the white waters of the McKenzie River, had excellent habitat for chipmunks, which is Paloma's favorite animal. So you will please excuse me, dear Readers, if I now post lots of chipmunk photos for darling 5 year old Paloma? The first one has just stuffed his cheeks full of walnuts I left for him on a big rock close to where I was sitting.
It's tricky trying to get a good shot of these little guys because unless they are eating, they never hold still!
At first we thought there was just one chipmunk but then I noticed that the one above had bulging nipples and I realized that she had a nest close by with little babies. So I left her some extra special treats, like crackers with peanut butter on them. At first she would eat dainty bits of the cracker and then run away but gradually she started taking the whole cracker and then scampering off!
I think Mr. Tiddly Winks deserves a prize for his cute little ears and fat cheeks, don't you? (His cheeks are fat because he just stuffed a whole cracker into them.)
That's all the camping news from the little Scamp in the tall pines for now....I hope that all of you are getting your share of chipmunks this summer; it's not summer without them if you are under 10 or over 60.