When I first arrived here two weeks ago (Bosque del Apache NWR), I looked around at the array of adobe buildings and other volunteers motorhomes. I wondered why all the parked cars and trucks at the refuge compound had their hoods propped up high in the air. Surely there couldn’t be that many dead batteries.
Oh, didn’t anyone tell you? We have pack rats here. Yes! And they love to get up into the engine area and chew on all the wiring. So you better put your hood up when your vehicles are parked unless you want to have all your wiring chewed up.
Well, that sounded like a costly repair job so…..proactive prevention here we come!
The idea behind having the hoods up is that pack rats like dark places to nest and gnaw. Having the hoods up on my vehicles is supposed to light up the dark places.
But at night what do I do?
Oh, well now that’s why you see the other motorhomes with lighting underneath them at night. Just go to the local hardware store and get some rope lights. Just be sure to turn them on at night. They’ll help keep the rattle snakes away too!
Okay! Hood up? Check! Lights on at night? Check! I was prepared for the rat pack attack!
Anything else you may have “forgotten” to mention?
Well, did anyone happen to tell you about the train that goes through all hours of the day and night….. oh, and the rockets….maybe some bombs…..you know, from White Sands military base. Just routine.
But that’s a story for another day!
See you on down the road!