In my last post I talked about postponing our trip to Alberta for a bit due to all the wildfires. So instead we went camping at the beach just 2o minutes away from our home. We returned from that, got the motorhome all cleaned and waxed and polished up and decided to go on another staycation. Well it was an adventure for sure!
We went an hour’s drive north of Campbell River to a recreation site called Elk Creek Recreation Site. We had not experienced these types of sites before so thought we would try it out. This site has 7 campsites which back onto the creek. The sites are really large and set into the trees. The ground is nicely gravelled and really well groomed. The sites are nice and level for the most part and have nice picnic tables and fire pits. We could not use the fire pits of course due to the fire ban, but we were really impressed with the campsites there. There are pit toilets which were in surprisingly good shape and are cared for. These rec sites are free! Wow how great. This is the kind of camping we like. The old fashioned rustic kind. No services, no big giant RV rigs all lined up side by side and everyone sitting inside hooked up to their electronics. Because our motorhome is only 23 feet long, we had no problem backing into our spot. The only downside to this particular site is there is some road noise. Both from the highway and a logging road. But at 4:30, the logging road traffic stopped and the highway traffic slowed down. Once we were in the motorhome for the night we weren’t bothered by any noise.
We had our dinner, had a nice evening and went to bed. As usual when we are camping I went right to sleep. This is when the adventure started! At about 1AM, I heard some noise that woke me up. We had been talking about whether there are any bears or other wildlife around the area. So my first thoughts are oh, oh there is a bear outside. After a bit the noises did not stop and I woke Greg up. He soon ascertained that it was not a large animal. It was a really small critter, ie a mouse or a mouse and his buddies. We knew of course that with this type of camping you pack out your garbage. Of course! We double bagged it and put it in the outside locked bin of our motorhome. We also put the BBQ away. We did not want to leave anything out that a bear might sniff out. Well putting the garbage bag in that bin turned out to be a huge mistake! A mouse did sniff it out and squeezed his little body in to that bin somehow. Then he proceeded to find a way into the cupboard underneath the sink. I of course am totally freaked out. By 3AM I am bolt upright with my flashlight on. Ack! I saw him! I think he came up through the vent in the back of the stove! I think I see him go back down there! Then I hear him under the sink chewing on a bag with a few potatoes in it. Greg thinks I just saw my light glance off of something like the kettle and I didn’t really see him. But I am convinced. So I spend the rest of the night sitting there with my flashlight trained on that vent. I figure if I do that, he won’t come up. For two and a half hours I sit there with my flashlight!
Finally it is light enough that we can get up and see what we can do about this. We go out into the outside bin and open it up. Sure enough the garbage bag is chewed. So we took everything out of the bin and looked in there. Greg can see where he probably got up from the bin into the cupboard beneath the sink. So we go inside and open that cupboard. Oh yes, evidence he was there. Opened the 3 drawers that contained cutlery etc. Oh he has been in all 3 of those drawers too!. So we took everything out, cleaned out the drawers and washed everything. Quite the ordeal for 5:30AM!
We made some coffee and decided that we think he has vacated the premises now. So what next? We figured that if we stayed there he would find his way back in even if the garbage is not in the bin. We felt he was not in the motorhome and had vacated but he would probably come back now that he knew his way in. We didn’t have anything with us with which to plug up any openings underneath so we opted to just go home and deal with it. Mice can cause a lot of damage in an RV. So we went home and used 2 packages of steel wool plugging up any opening we could find. We bought some traps and have Irish Spring soap on the shopping list. Apparently these little critters hate that stuff. So we will put some in the bin and maybe under the kitchen sink. I also have been reading about a product called Mouse Free. Apparently it is a foam spray that you apply to your undercarriage, wheel wells and along any wires and hoses etc. It has a peppermint smell that mice and other rodents hate. It is something you apply once a year and is supposed to be good and is apparently non toxic. If anyone has used this product please let me know what you think of it in comments.
Take that! No mouse is going to keep us from camping! We are also looking forward to trying some more Rec Sites on Vancouver Island soon.