Snake on the Trail!
After decades of hiking, we had our first experience with a snake on the trail. It was a Diamondback rattlesnake with 8 or 9 buttons and was somewhere between 10 and three feet long. It had assumed the classic rattlesnake posture, coiled up with head raised and tail rattling, almost dead center of the trail Fred, the “kids” and I were hiking. Our first reaction was disbelief then we immediately pulled the dogs up close to us and slowly backed away. That snake uncurled itself and headed for a patch of tall grass.
One lesson for us was wildlife is just afraid of us as we are of them and, also, we had gotten lax when hiking. Our encounter with that snake was a reminder that we should always be alert and conscience of the many and varied threats one can encounter on the trail.
Things we must remember about snakes are:
1. Hiking boots and long pants offer some protection when hiking in an area with snakes.
2. Snakes often lie below fallen logs, especially if it is sunny there. The good method for avoiding accidentally stepping on a snake is to step on the log, look down and then, if no snake is present, step down.
3. Do not sit down for a rest without first checking the area. Do not lean on fallen trees or rocks without first checking them well.
4. Likewise, do not put your hand into a crevice or hollow log, on a pile of rocks, or reach under a bush without first investigating.
5. Avoid hiking in tall grass.
6. Avoid any snake you see. They know you are too big to be dinner and will strike out only in defense.
A summer progresses, we hope you, along with us, will hike often and always safely.
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