Having heard conflicting comments as to whether ‘deer whistles’ have any value in deterring deer from running in front of your vehicle, I still bought and installed a pair. This was after my friend hit a deer on her short drive, a mile, from work at Crazy Horse Memorial to our campground. She had no whistles and her vehicle suffered substantial damage. Although I still don’t know if deer can hear and are alarmed by the whistles, I saw three deer in two days who clearly intended to cross the highway in front of me and, instead, turned and hightailed it back into the woods. And a little later a wild turkey, despite my approach, decided to cross the road on foot. Only at the last split second did he take wing and avoid what would have been a fatal mishap. This raises the question whether turkeys can hear the whistles if indeed the gadgets do whistle…. On that same day, we passed two dead deer, lying on the berm, who I assume were struck by vehicles with no whistles?
Be that as it may, we are now in Washington having spent our first two nights in the state at the Cedar RV Park in Ione. When I called the day before, I was told there were no spaces with hookups available but I could dry-camp for a couple of days. When I arrived, the owner offered to locate me in front of his garage/shop building with electric and cable hookups as the temps were forecast to be quite warm. And, indeed, they were: my outside thermometer registered 102! The following morning, the owner told me that one of his monthly tenants [construction and mine workers] had to leave for a family emergency. So we spend the second night in a shady spot in the woods with full hookups.
On the morning of our departure, I browsed the ‘Cedar Chest’ gift shop and picked up some interesting gift items. Then we headed for MT 20 and our drive through several beautiful national forests. Due to the slow speeds on this curvy road, Pippy spent most of the day in the passenger seat enjoying the views. We stopped at Colville for some shopping which include mostly RV type supplies plus some lunch for a later stop at a forest campground/hiking area/rest stop. Our destination for a week’s stay was the Methow Valley with its tourist towns of Winthrop and Twisp.
[not a great shot but moving quickly to even get one of Pippy watching is a challenge]
The Pine Near RV park is just a block north and uphill from the busy tourist town of Winthrop [more about Winthrop on another day] but it’s broad, grassy scape is quiet and relaxing. This morning as Pippy lay napping on the ‘living-room’ floor, I looked up from my crossword puzzle and cup of coffee to see a deer outside the rear window. Cautioning her to be very quiet, I urged Pippy up onto the sofa to see our visitor. As it turned out, there were two, a doe and a buck. As they spent ten minutes browsing, we watched quietly. They were ultimately startled by a runner and her border collie and vamoosed across the road.
A few minutes later, two more does passed thru the empty site beside us headed in the opposite direction. Guess we’ll be keeping an eye out beginning at six each morning.