Mice perform in the lighthouse workroom
A troupe of what appear to be escaped circus mice join me in the workroom of the lighthouse today. Leaping 8″ to mount the baseboard, they scale the wall and begin aerial work on the strings supporting the displays. Disappearing briefly through tiny chinks in the lighthouse, their antics perplex me. I scurry around the room pursuing them only to have them disappear behind a section of conduit. One mini rodent ran up the pants leg of the morning host. As I share with my human visitors the story of the lighthouse keeper’s duties in this part of the lighthouse, I keep a sharp eye out. Wielding a sturdy broom, I enforce a 6′ diameter safe zone around myself. I am determined to prevent any personal contact with one of these fleet-footed, furry intruders. After defending myself all afternoon, the next day I need a break.
When we leave our RV for town just before noon today, the outside temp is 55 degrees. As I turn onto Hwy 101 just 6 miles inland I glance at the Jeep thermometer to find it has warmed to 65 degrees. Across the Sixes river, we turn right toward the Edson BLM campground and within a mile the temp has risen to 80. Four miles up the road, when we enter the campground it is a cooking 92 degrees. In some places the saying is “if you don’t like the weather just wait a few minutes.” Here in Oregon that saying should be “if you don’t like the weather just move a mile or two.”
Today we tour the Lifeboat Museum in Port Orford. Earlier this week we spent a day enjoying Bandon’s Old Town. Here are a few photos from our local excursions.