Dear lingo, yes, we could have waited all day for the snake to move on. Like I said the FIRST TIME, this snake was just ornery. We WERE waiting for him(?) to move on for a good five minutes. I've never seen a confrontational rattler, King snake, yes a couple in fact. It just stayed in our only egress to camp, rattlin' and poised to strike. With a dog and both hands full of fishing equipment, I really would rather Mr. snake move on like they usually do.
No such luck. I'm not a wildlife willy-nilly crazed killer. Venomous aggressive snakes (obviously a territorial instinct in this case) being the exception in my camp vicinity. With kids and animals with us, I feel the prudent solution is to remove said snake by whatever means necessary. I feel I have just as much right to my territory as the snake does to his...and yes, when I pitch camp it is MY chunk o' ground until I leave, even with unsolicited odd neighbors barging into camp to see if we need any camping tips(?) I had to kill him. ;)
King of the food chain. ;)
So, Lingo head, what do you do with a rattler parked outside your tent when you have to pee at 2 in the am? Rattlers in the open, let 'em go on their way...unless they are the aggressive variety my dog and I happened upon a couple of weeks ago, dropped right out of a greasewood into a strike posture...about 4 feet from us. This nasty critter would not budge out of our only route up a hill to camp from the lake...through waist high bushes. I bombarded the sucker with rocks (if I had my pistol he'd be coyote food) for 5 minutes till he finally moved off into his secure haven of cover in our path, about ten yards from our camp. You may find a nocturnal hunting venomous snake in your camp area comforting; I do not. I suppose rattlers are not a problem to an RVer... ;)
Greatly appreciated article on the Az great outdoors. (Az's most redeeming quality in my book) From fly fishing at Shush Be Tou or the north fork of the Black river on the White Mountain Apache res, to watersports or battlin' a lunker bass on the SRP lakes, to quail huntin' in our local desert areas, one would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful and diverse range of fun outdoor activities anywhere! Just steer clear of the municipalities...and this place ain't half bad. ;)
Nicely done. We had a yapper over on the eastside by Jesse Owens park. Our Belgian Malinois incessantly barking at the late night flow coming down the alley behind my house, after the soccer/softball games. While I find this to be an excellent warning to would-be intruders, I also must get a modicum of sleep and rise very early. Long story short, after a coupla nights with the thing on, Stanley no longer had to wear it. If he got outta hand barking, the mere showing of the infernal device quickly silenced the old boy. He was a great pal. I miss him.
Not a bad idea Rynski...shut downtown off from motorized vehicles. All of it. You would of course have to find a way to get judges and the city clowncil to work. You just know they would squawk to high heaven about an exemption for their elitist fat asses. ;) I think the ban would be attractive personally, as my main gripe about downtown is parking/congestion. There is always something going on there.
Yet another timely piece media maven, you seem to have your finger on the barely perceptible pulse of the sleepy pueblo. :)
It's a cryin' shame Rynski - newspapers, the main source of investigative journalism, have had to slash budgets and lay off good writers to remain viable to stockholders and 'bottom liners'. 'Digging' up a good old fashioned scathing indictment on something takes time and money...commodities sorely lacking for the most part in this age of slacker journalism. Much easier to get the 'facts' for a fluff piece on Kim Kardasian or some other 'much admired' greedy dingbat.
Nice piece media maven. :)
Scary thought, Kardashian bimbo techniques for fun and profit metamorphosing them into royalty. Off with their heads! ;)
Loved it Rynski, nice take on our collective demise.
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