I tell them, "You should have been here last week when they were a problem!"
They don't seem to bother with me very much, but they sure go for the fresh meat that shows up from town.
As a rule I keep a local Inshuckch member down at the hot spring to keep an eye on things and greet the users and campers when they pull in. During the week the bugger likes to go home for a few days off, imagine that. Collecting at the spring and conversing with everyone that comes down the road has never been my forte, Generally there has been someone camped out there for most of the season doing that for me. None the less, during the helper's time off I need to take the initiative to go down and seek out anyone who may have arrived in the night. I gave my help his days off in mid week so to give me the slow shift, when there is hardly anyone coming out to use the spring or camp. Thus freeing me up for other important activities, like exploring, inspecting the waterfall, being anti social, thinking big thoughts, and the ever important afternoon quiet time.
So in the morning when I feel it is safe to go down I either walk, hop on my motohorse, or the quad and go down for an inspection. There are several routes I can take from the lodge here, the riverbank, the airstrip, the old heritage gold rush trail, or just go out the driveway and take the road.
Today we will take the road.
A hundred yards down there is a fork.
Looks to be no one on the upper area.
No one in the center area.
That outfit is paid up until the weekend so no need to bother kayak girl.
A hell of a way to try and run a business.
I'll head over to the hot spring area.
When I'm really sure no one is looking, I stick a pack of paper under my arm and scoot around the abandoned campsite, using the trees as a slalom course on my motopony, restocking the 8 or 9 outhouses scattered around.
Actually, my grade four teacher correctly forecast this type of employment in my future.
The place is quite aways from town so no need to expect anyone arriving normally until later in the day, so I'm free to go back to the office and make a tea and eat almonds for awhile before I head back to the lodge and finish some staining, and I will make a loop through on the bike every couple hours for the rest of the day.
Damn nice work if you can find it.
For more about the hot spring facility see the Dec 2011 post 'Early Hot spring Improvements'.