Van Life

The Tiny Tree Frog vs Porta Potty Adventure

It was late afternoon when a routine call of nature came through.

Begrudgingly, I decide to answer the call.

Sometimes you just don’t want to be bothered answering the inevitable call of nature but, if you wait too long, the consequences may not be pleasant.

Taking The Long 2 Step Walk To The Porta Potty…

I open the lid and see something move.

Are my eyes deceiving me??


There, inside the waterless bowl of my portable toilet, sits a little tree frog!

How the heck did that thing get in my toilet?!?

It’s A Portable Toilet For Pete’s Sake!…

He could not have come through the sewer. My porta-potty is not hooked up to a sewer.

I also keep the toilet lid closed.

There’s no gap between the closed lid and the toilet bowl. Sir Froggy could not have gotten into the bowl through any sort of gap or crevice.

But The More Pressing Dilemma Was…

How do I get him out?

These little tree frogs jump quick. I’m not fast enough to catch him before he jumps and I don’t want him hopping around in the van.

As I see it, my best option is to carry the whole darn porta potty outside to my cement patio.

As I Sit My Portable Toilet On The Patio…

I laugh as I wonder if my neighbors, Jim and Elinor, are home – watching through their RV windows.

They’d surely get a chuckle out of it!

I Close The Van Door Behind Me…

If I leave the van door open, Murphy’s Law will kick in and Sir Froggy will jump backwards in to the van instead of forward out to the grass.

I open the porta potty lid and Sir Froggy just sits there… basking in my toilet bowl.

A Nifty Little Trick…

I give the side of the porta potty a hearty slap and, with a BOING, Sir Froggy hops out of the toilet and on to my patio.

Then, he turns towards me. I briefly consider him plotting to jump at me… but he just sits there.

I’m not sure what he’s thinking and I probably don’t want to know.

Back Inside The Van…

I close the door behind me.

Safely inside with a barrier between myself and a potentially angry frog, I thoroughly check the porta potty for additional critters before placing it back in its spot.

Pondering How Sir Froggy Came In…

It’s possible Sir Froggy came inside when I opened the door earlier in the day.

Little tree frogs like to hide in the crevices of the van doors. When I open a door, they usually jump outward. Maybe this little guy decided to be different and jump inward.

That could explain how a tiny frog got into the van but I’m still stumped as to how he got inside a closed porta potty.

The world may never know.

One Thing Is For Sure…

When the call of nature comes during the dark of night I will be using the flashlight to make sure it’s safe to “have a seat”.

It seems there’s never a dull moment but, I suppose, that’s what keeps life interesting!

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller.

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