Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Snake Safari

Monday evening we took the kids down to the river to skip rocks and play on their favorite, huge, boulders which they've dubbed "Pirates Rocks."

As we were leaving, an enormous Bull Snake was slithering it's way across the trail right at our feet! Adam quickly grabbed his phone to take a picture, and got way too close to the snake. With me yelling for him to step away, while simultaneously holding Lucy and scooting the boys back as they tried to follow in their Dad's footsteps . . . the snake slipped off the trail and into the brush before Adam was able to snap a photo.
I didn't have much time to feel guilty about not letting Adam get a photo. Because- two seconds later, 50ft. down the trail we spotted ANOTHER snake on the trail, exactly like the first one. Fortunately, I had calmed down enough to let Adam take a photo.
I'd never seen snakes this large in the wild before (they were over three feet long--kind of hard to tell how big they were from the picture). It was quite thrilling to see two within a minute of each other. I was ecstatic for Jack & Owen. They were in awe! They're at the age where they can look at snake/bug/animal picture books for hours. So to see two, large, snakes in real life was quite a treat.
If you're interested in a snake safari at the river, we recommend going around 7 in the evening.

9 comments:

Nebeker Family said...

Good thing Grandma Neb was at home eating ice cream. I HATE snakes!!! Glad the boys got such a thrill out of it and hope the snakes have moved on.....for good.
Grandma Chicken

Gina said...

Matt just talked me into letting him get a snake. Uhg! And the girls are all for it!

Elizabeth Caldwell said...

*makes mental note to avoid the trial between 5 and 9 pm*

Thanks!

jessica said...

Snakes totally creep me out! I would have never been able to take a picture of it!

Sharlene Enloe said...

That freaks me out a bit. I have never seen a snake on the trail!

Shad & Amy said...

you're such a good sport meg. i would have wet my pants or cried.

AMY said...

I totally hate snakes, and everything about them. I would have freaked out.

The Larsons said...

Scary! it would be fun to see my boys' reactions though! Your 4th pictures make me miss Cd'A! You guys are smart to take advantage of your beautiful surroundings up there!

The Newell Clan said...

Where do you go to find the boys' favorite rocks? Isn't it great to have so many fun places here (yeah they are free!) I'm so with you on teaching kids to swim. Grew up on a river and I totally believe kids need to learn to swim early! Poor Gracie hasn't had near the swim time Garrett had at her age...love your blog by the way, ours is www.sunnydays2b.blogspot.com