A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Friday, August 27, 2021

That Was Just Too Damn Close!


We left Three Frogs and was soon passing through the small town of Darby, Montana.  And there off to the left was a used book store.  Stop!

This store was unique in that it also had excess books from the local library in addition to the usual.
Even more unusual was that there was no set price.  Unless otherwise posted the books cost you whatever you felt like donating.
I walked out with five books in my arms.

Back at the RV I checked the closed thrift shop once again and it was now open.
She had come in an hour early to catch up on some work.
I walked out with two more books.

The next campground down the road was 

and my goodness, what a lovely little campground. It was like a city park with manicured lawns and all.  Ten sites and we took the one down on the end, number nine.

Spring Creek ran by the campground producing a wonderful gurgling sound.

Just a tad too cool to get in though.

Later in the afternoon I took another walk over to the stream and walked along the water’s edge wearing short pants and my flip-flops.  Right there in the middle of the photo was a Western Diamond Rattlesnake which I DID NOT see until I was even with it, well within striking distance.  It never coiled or rattled; it just quickly slithered off into the brush on the right.  I only saw the latter two-thirds of the snake and guessed it to be nearly three feet long and had six or seven rattles.

It took me a couple hours to get over this.  All I could think of was what could have happened.  I was also very upset with myself for being so careless.  This was only the second time in my life I unknowingly came within striking distance of a rattlesnake.  All the others (and there’s been many) I have come across I have seen them before they see me and that’s just the way I like it.


Vicki said...

Wow, that is a little too close! But what a great book haul, and I like the pay what you want, one of my libraries has a section like that. Love the photos, especially the ones of the creek, I love water gurgling sounds!

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Barbara Rogers said...

Glad this guy was scared of you, rather than attacking you. He must have been in a benign mood! But I'm also glad you weren't walking with Beans...though she probably would have scented him before either he or you had seen each other. Still a shake up kind of experience. So glad it turned out so well!

Upriverdavid said...

I think that's the same C.G. I stopped at years ago...The hosts warned me about the buzz-tails, so I left and went up to the Indian Trees C.G..No snakes..
Just 2 weeks ago I was walking up my driveway at dusk, short story, walked into one and it wanted to hurt me. All I had was my flashlight. I zoomed back to the house for my pistol and it was gone.I worry about my best friend: Barn Kat, so I hunted for a while, no luck..
I've lived here 18 yrs and no nasty rattles..Global warming is not my & B.K.'s pal..