Adventure Location: Del Rio, Texas
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A nice cool morning for a walk was putting “get going” into the OFM’s life. The new back pack was retrieved and loaded with water for a good long moderate trail experience today.
Sierra got us over to 277 North campground for a nice walking event we were sure. Sierra parked at the locked gate to all but exercisers and away we went.
The road to the old bridge was the first area of walking. It was a great walk down the hill to the bridge. Along the way some adjusting to the new back pack had to be done. After a few adjustments to the straps it became a very comfortable rig. It is mainly for carrying plenty of water and an emergency medical kit that is soon to be purchased. We want to be ready for daylight desert walking adventures. Backpacking is NOT part of the plan. This is a small dayhiker pack.
A bit of looking around and a couple gulps of water and back up the hill we went. When we neared the top of the hill, the road out through the desert to the main day use area appeared. The OFM checked his body parts and decided we could go ahead on that nice walk also.
As we meandered along in the cool air and enjoyed the great scenery the OFM got into a joyous walking and l mind wandering state of behavior. It was feeling really good.
For some reason his feet suddenly stopped. AS IN EEERRRKKKK. It took him a few seconds to see what the trouble was. About one more step away was this nice visitor on the trail. In his day dreaming the OFM had not seen the visitor until his feet stopped him.
The visitor just lay there watching the OFM and the OFM just stood there watching the visitor. They stared at each other for it seemed ten minutes with the visitor lickiing its lips it seemed. The visitor was about 2 1/2 inches in diameter and over three feet long.
Naturally the first thought in the OFM was rattlesnake. But the OFM quickly noticed the tail was not of a rattlesnake.
The snake did not seem worried but it was watching the Teams very carefully.
After a short while the OFM walked on by the snake and we went on our way. Walking upon an unnoticed snake that large right next to you is a great way of curing constipation.
For the rest of the walk the OFM had no trouble keeping his mind on the trail. The OFM had lots of experience with rattlesnakes when he worked in Washington State so he knows the drill and has lots of respect for them.
As we neared the end of the walk, the OFM notice the track of another snake in the loose sand and rock of the road. Apparently the low water of the lake is sending the snakes on hunting adventures.
From the track to Sierra was only a few more hundred feet and was uneventful, thank goodness. But when it was all over we rated today’s walk as a good try at trying to have tooooo much fun.