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Discussion: Wow

in: BorisGr; BorisGr > 2019-04-20

Apr 23, 2019 11:49 AM # 
Anna is going to love hearing about this one!
Apr 23, 2019 11:51 AM # 
I definitely thought of her while I was out there!
Apr 23, 2019 11:54 AM # 
Even Anna doesn’t have enough hands to catch all those snakes simultaneously!
Apr 23, 2019 10:29 PM # 
I didn't see any snakes.
Or ticks, thankfully!
But I totally lol'd at the image of the dog stepping on a snake, jumping, and stepping on another one! Wow.
Apr 24, 2019 6:29 PM # 
That´s a lot of snakes in one go!
I think I´ve never seen a snake while orienteering and I´ve been a regular for over 50 years.
There was lots of talk about - and fear of - snakes when we were in Australia/Tasmania in 1988 but we never saw any (of which I´m quite pleased).
When it comes to ticks they just don´t seem to like me so I very seldom get any while they have a true feast on the dogs.
Apr 26, 2019 7:22 PM # 
I've seen a few. Running down a trail at West Point, around a curve and there was a blacksnake right in front of me. Launched myself pretty high in the air to get over him. Then there was a time, also a long time ago when there were relays at French Creek. I had finished running and was hanging around at the finish and someone came running up, "There's a copperhead at the last control!" Well that was pretty interesting so I headed down to look. As I started to head down there the next breathless guy came up yelling, "No, it's a rattlesnake, a diamondback rattler!" Now I'm a bit skeptical. Copperhead? unlikely. Diamondback rattlesnake at French Creek? Really unlikely. Way out of their range. So I get down there and there is this poor milk snake, wishing he were someplace else. So I got a stick and shepherded him off into the woods a bit, out of harm's way.
Apr 26, 2019 11:20 PM # 
Charlie, you're quite the herpetologist! Congrats for defusing the situation at the GO control....for both the sake of clueless orienteers, and the milk snake

From my years in the Boy Scouts:
Red and Yellow, kill a fellow
Red and Black, friend of Jack!
Apr 26, 2019 11:37 PM # 
Australia has a reputation for snakes, but I've only seen 3 in 40 years of orienteering.

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