Tuesday, July 20, 2010

DRC




There are few times in your life when you gather such attention and mass amounts of old retired people as when you are in an RV park full of double axle shiny RVs worth more than our first and current home combined, and you are trying desperately to get a rock-chuck out of his comfy home next to your 'tranny' aka transmission. Such was the day last week, when after a fun afternoon exploring Yellerstone, and going to the IMAX movie about Bears, we saw a rock-chuck run up under the engine of the truck. The truck we had borrowed from my dear father in law, and the truck which we were trying SO hard to be careful with despite having bad luck. So what in the hay is a rock-chuck?? Well, I will tell you. They are yellow-belly marmots. Marmots choose to dig burrows under rocks, and next to trannies in nice shiny trucks because predators are less likely to see their burrow. Predators include wolves, foxes, coyotes, and my husband. The marmot is also an omnnivore, eating grass, leaves, flowers, fruit, grasshoppers, bird eggs, and the important firewall insulation pad that protects a truck from heat. Ahhh Yellow Belly Marmot. Damn Rock Chuck (Kory's words, not mine), or the DRC. Unwanted Hitchhiker. How easy we thought it would be to get rid of you. We tried everything, from hosing the thing down, to jabbing it with a stick, to spraying enormous amounts of 'OFF' repellent on him. Nothing. NOTHING. So, the next morning we called in the big guns. That's right, Fish and Game. At first, it was easy to see that this nice guy packin heat did not totally believe us. He crawled right under the truck, face up and starting poking around. When the DRC chirped, the guy from Fish and Game jumped two inches off the ground. He was a believer. Soon the geriatric nation was piling out of their RVs, setting up lawn chairs, and watching the free entertainment of Kory, the Man from Fish and Game (no relation to the Man from Snowy River), and the nice man from Canada. All three men worked for close to an eternity, each one taking a different angle on the DRC, and FINALLY after copious amounts of man effort...the DRC ran...he ran and ran until he found a new home...right up under a nice, shiny, double axle, 40 foot RV.

6 comments:

Marc and Jenny said...

that's hilarious! i miss seeing you! we need to all get together for lunch again.

johansen viking said...

HAHAHAHA! I am sure it wasn't that funny for the 1st long time. :)

J + A Humphreys said...

Oh my gosh! hahahah! That is seriously so funny. I bet Kory was sooooo mad. hahah! Wouldn't be a vacation without a good story to tell. I didn't know DRCs were so big. And good for that nice man from Canada helping you out. :)

Toots said...

Aim, you wrote the post! It was so funny when you told me in person and now I am laughing again as I read this...oh, I think of how mad Kory must have been at the time, but maybe he's laughing about it now too.
I had no idea what a Rock Chuck even was till your story!

Jessica said...

The DRC!!! Love it! I love it when those kind of things happen on trips! They make it so memorable!

evidencia said...

lovely, hoping u in my new blog :) i'm from argentina