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Posted by HenryM, on Sun Jul 12, 2020 7:54 am

About seven miles or so west of Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, there is a magnificent trail that I have had the good fortune to have followed on more than one occasion. It proceeds from a wide stand of juniper, cottonwood, and mahogany-barked manzanita, up into a wonderland of towering and oddly shaped sandstone hoodoos in arid, wide-open, desert-like surroundings. It is a climb, cresting, as I recall, at 7,400 feet. When I would hike, I always carried, among other things, a pocket-sized packet of tissue to use when ostomy attention was necessary. On one particular occasion, I was attending to exactly that, just off the trail beside a gnarled old juniper, where I had kicked out with the heal of my boot a small receptacle hole in the sand. Having committed myself to this task and being, consequently, unable to physically move from the spot until I had finished, I suddenly heard a startling sound: a quite recognizable rattle, just five feet away under a stunted sagebrush. A rather large rattlesnake was noisily objecting to my presence. Both of us being equally leery of each other, we remained in place, while I hurriedly completed my emptying activity, and then backed carefully away down upon the trail. He rattled warily a little more, and I made off toward my goal, relieved in more ways than one.

Reply by countyclare, on Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:58 am

Great story Henry. Thanks for sharing...

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Sun Jul 12, 2020 11:07 am

Henry, 

The way you write, I can just close my eyes and visualize the trail. Thanks Glad that worked out for you and the snake.

pup

Reply by HenryM, on Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:55 pm
Puppyluv56 wrote:

Henry, 

The way you write, I can just close my eyes and visualize the trail. Thanks Glad that worked out for you and the snake.

pup


Thank you, Pup.  They say that snake tastes like chicken, but I didn't wish to force that issue.

Reply by HenryM, on Sun Jul 12, 2020 12:56 pm
countyclare wrote:

Great story Henry. Thanks for sharing...


Thanks for your comment.  Hope your summer's going well on the big lake.

Reply by Puppyluv56, on Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:27 pm
HenryM wrote:
Puppyluv56 wrote:

Henry, 

The way you write, I can just close my eyes and visualize the trail. Thanks Glad that worked out for you and the snake.

pup


Thank you, Pup.  They say that snake tastes like chicken, but I didn't wish to force that issue.

Haha. Maybe next time you encounter one! 
Pup

Reply by lovely, on Sun Jul 12, 2020 3:40 pm

Hi HenryM, that is a good story I have enjoyed all of them. You make them interesting. Best wishes and stay safe.

Reply by Pirrip, on Mon Jul 13, 2020 7:24 am

In the movie, you could push against your tummy with your hands and tighten your tummy muscles, squirting output into the snakes face, driving it away. Thereby saving the life of the indian chiefs daughter, who was tied to a tree, naked. She was so grateful that when you untied her, she ..... Damn! Your word picture was so good, it drew me in!

Reply by HenryM, on Mon Jul 13, 2020 8:28 am
Pirrip wrote:

In the movie, you could push against your tummy with your hands and tighten your tummy muscles, squirting output into the snakes face, driving it away. Thereby saving the life of the indian chiefs daughter, who was tied to a tree, naked. She was so grateful that when you untied her, she ..... Damn! Your word picture was so good, it drew me in!


LOL  It drew you in, eh?  You can write the X-rated version, P.  Stay well.

Reply by iMacG5, on Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:30 pm

Hi Henry.  Thanks for sharing a great experience.  I felt like I was reading something a guy named Hemmingway wrote.  Please share more of the same.

With gratitude,

Mike

Reply by HenryM, on Mon Jul 13, 2020 5:51 pm
iMacG5 wrote:

Hi Henry.  Thanks for sharing a great experience.  I felt like I was reading something a guy named Hemmingway wrote.  Please share more of the same.

With gratitude,

Mike


Thanks, Mike.  I'm no Hemingway.  For one thing, i have no interest in fishing, altho' I have been to Key West.  Stay well.

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