Keystone Travel Trailers and Squirrel Orgies

My daughter told me she was interested in Keystone travel trailers because, as she studied travel trailer values, the Keystone light weight travel trailers looked great. That was where she started but her purchase actually turned out to be a rather grand, used, Everest 364q Keystone 5th wheel. How often that happens, doesn’t it? We have one thing in mind and then we get sidetracked by glitz and end up with something else! Not that I’m complaining. She bought it for my use and it’s a palace on wheels!

It’s set up next to her A-frame cabin on her property in the foothills of the Cascade mountains. The idea was that it would be my abode for our long-dreamed-of monthly retreats. And I have to tell you that I just loved it, once I got over laughing my head off at what she started out to buy and what she ended up with! It was incredibly comfortable and luxurious.

Upon moving in, I immediately set up a bird and squirrel feeding station on the little deck she had built for me. I called it the “Squirrel and Jay Café”. Watching their antics provided me with endless hours of enjoyment. Especially the way the feisty squirrels intimidated those large birds.

The plan was for us go up every month all year round but you know about the best laid plans…etc., right? Come winter, when hikes along deserted logging roads were often a soggy proposition, I started skipping a month here and there. As soon as I did that, I went up to find that the large, plastic garbage can I had stored the café feed in had been raided. The squirrels had chewed through the bungie cord, and then actually chewed a hole in the lid. What a mess they made, and how I wished we could have watched their thievery.

My solutions was to throw away the lid and put the garbage can inside. When I returned two months later, the little rascals had torn the screen from the ceiling vent I left open for ventilation, and called every relative they had within 100 miles over for feasting, (and debauchery, I’m sure.) I had to clean scatter rugs, and replace the torn drapes that they had obviously been swinging from. The carpets and upholstery had to be cleaned. You won’t believe the mess or the smell. It was ghastly!

Yet, once we got over the shock, all my daughter and I could do was imagine the fun they’d all had…and what a movie it would have made. They are so cute. How can you stay mad that they figured out a way to turn her Keystone travel trailer into a squirrel banquet hall?

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