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MY HARMONICA



A benefit of a stealthy approach to the stream is more fish. Another is the opportunity to see critters. Some big., some small, some nice, some, not so much.


I have had grizzlies, black bears, cougars, ground squirrels, coons, porcupines, foxes, coyotes, geese and other uninvited guests visit Camp Rohrbach. No critter terrorizes me as much as the one in the photo.


He showed up at Camp Rohrbach on Washington’s Klickitat River.


I was getting out of the car to answer nature's call and almost stepped on a skunk that was not about to move.


I went to my go-to critter deterrent, the harmonica, and as usual it worked. Mr. Lapew left.


The next evening, I started a raging fire hoping to deter Mr. Lapew.


I was enjoying the fire, reading, when I looked down and standing next to me was Mr. Lapew, who was also enjoying the fire. Once again, the harmonica came to the rescue.


In the middle of the night I was snug as a bug in a rug. My cot was against the wall of my expedition tent. I woke up to the stench of a bear.

Yes, Yogi stinks. He began to rub against me through the wall of my tent. I played the harmonica.  Yogi left.


I was asleep on an island in Ontario’s Algonquin Park. I’d seen no one in days. I heard something stomping around. I peeked out to see a Clydesdale sized moose,



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