Gophers are common in many parts of the U.S.  They are  rodents that love to dig holes in your yard, eat your gardens veggies and cause havoc in other annoying ways.  Caddy Shack is probably one of the funniest movies when it comes to depicting a gophers personality.  They are sneaky and always getting into some kind of trouble.

A gopher hole in the bottom of the pool.
A gopher hole in the bottom of the pool.

The other day we discovered a new way for them to be mischievous.  A gopher had decided to dig a hole up through the bottom of my parents vinyl-lined pool.  The good thing is that the pool was drained and the vinyl removed.  Another casualty from those Oct. 07 fires.  My parents had just painted the cement and were about to have a new lining installed when they saw the recently dug up cement and a hole in the bottom of their pool.  After some observation they discovered it was a gopher hole.

Our furry little friend . . . the pool-digging gopher.
Our furry little friend . . . the pool-digging gopher.

My Dad had filled in the hole and refilled it with cement only to discover the hole was unplugged the next day.  Darn gophers!  It was a good thing this happened before they lined the pool and filled it with water.  Otherwise it would be another large expense that the insurance would not cover.

Here is a photo of the culprit trying to ward off the human predator!  He is not camera shy at all.

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Lynn Bremner is the author of, a blog about desert road trips and tips. She started the blog after moving to Indio, CA where she now resides. Now a true desert dweller, Lynn has added in some of her own views on desert living. The heat does not keep her indoors in the summertime. She is out running, golfing or taking short day trips to some of the local points of interest. After years of traveling along the dusty, desert trails with her father, she has come to appreciate the beauty and solitude of the desert landscape. Her father’s passion for prospecting, desert lore and exploring the desert parks took their family to many interesting places, mostly in California, Nevada and Arizona. Lynn now writes about her desert road trips and intertwines a little bit of desert living into the mix.


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