The Cabin at the End of the Road is built on a hillside. Below is the grassy area giving way the the sparkling lake. Above is a small bit of slope that leads to the road. The road cuts across the hillside in such a way that most of the water flowing down the hillside is caught there and diverted away from the cabin area. (That was my plan all along, even back in the days of the shelter tarp, but no one believes that I could have been so forward looking. Sigh.)
Nonetheless, there is some slope above (behind) the cabin after the road, and soon after the cabin was built but before the ground around it was “leveled” I had the builder lay a length of corrugated, perforated black pipe around the back and out to the sides of the cabin. My clever idea at the time was that this pipe could intercept any flowing water headed toward the cabin’s foundation and divert it away. The pipe is buried by gravel. And for all I know, it has worked as intended. So, good for that.
But I had also suspected that the little forest critters would soon discover this pipe and move in, as a sort of Pipe at the End of the Road. And apparently they have since their predators have shown an interest in the pipe, sometimes digging the gravel to expose the pipe, and in one case gnawing on it. This has not been a great problem so far, and I suspect it’s seasonal since the pipe is (obviously) not buried deep enuf to insulate it from the cold and thus make it a snug lodging for a critter. I know there are covers and cages I can affix to the ends of the pipe to prevent the critters from moving in, but my fear is that if they are inside when I cover the exits, they will simply gnaw their way through the “roof” and push aside the gravel, making a bigger problem than the little one I have now.
Whenever I come upon a scene like above, I toe some gravel over it and move on with whatever chore I have at hand. It’s a benign sort of vandalism, and half the time I feel as though I’m enjoying the forest at the sufferance of the permanent residents anyway.