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NEAR DISASTER—DAY FIVE: So, there we were. Happily tromping along in the dry wash, heading towards Terlingua Creek where our truck lay waiting. Five glorious, perfect days on the mesa under our belts. We reach the creek. Across are some nice cottonwoods and the gauging station. On our right is a sandy ledge about waist-high. Perfect pack-height. The shade is also appealing as we shrug off our packs onto the ledge and start pulling out our lunch stuff. We toss various things here and there on the ledge and next to the thick grasses at the back of the ledge. I sit on the ledge, next to my pack. Tess looks back to get something she’d forgotten… …and sees the snake. A big (5-6’ long), thick (2-2.5” diameter), RATTLESNAKE! He is NOT happy, and rattles and hisses as we leap away to safety. Apparently all of us had been bustling about within a foot or two of this literal snake in the grass for several minutes, and as he slowly moved off we reflected on our dumb luck.
The snakes just wanna be left alone.
I always use trekking poles.And now that I've announced that I can barely look at even a picture of a RS and even can't touch a picture of one, thank you all those who felt it necessary to post HUGE pictures of them on this post. Wow, with friends like you guys, I don't know what I''ll do for scary stuff. LOLNo, really thanks everybody for all the info. Steven
And now that I've announced that I can barely look at even a picture of a RS and even can't touch a picture of one, thank you all those who felt it necessary to post HUGE pictures of them on this post. Wow, with friends like you guys, I don't know what I''ll do for scary stuff. LOL
ReDiscovering, you might consider doing the following:1. Reading up on treatment of snakebites, snake behaviour, etc.2. Get a Sawyer Extractor kit--which I believe is now the preferred way to treat a snake bite (as well as a spider bite or bee sting).Knowledge may help deal with the fear.
http://firstaid.webmd.com/snakebite_treatment_firstaid.htm[/url]"]While applying mechanical suction (such as with a Sawyer Extractor) has been recommended by many authorities in the past, it is highly unlikely that it will remove any significant amount of venom, and it is possible that suction could actually increase local tissue damage.
ReDiscovering, I bet you already feel that fear of rattlers diminishing.
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