Tuesday, June 8, 2010

They're Out there!

Went in the Study Butte early this morning to get more gas for the charger and genny and on the way back saw two more rattlers. One was alive, but on the far lane of 118 so I didn't want to cross the twin yellows to run over it. The second one had been run over and the vultures were feasting on it. One of them didn't want to turn loose of the prize so I had to hit the brakes and slow down before it finally flew off. With the one I ran over yesterday evening that makes three of them in less than 14 hours and that many that I've seen down here since I've been down here! As luck would have it I didn't have the camera along either time. I think the one I ran over yesterday was probably a Mojave because it had a gold tent to it. The two today just looked like the rattlers I've always seen before.

(Pepper update) I was going to let Pepper ride in to town with me, but she pulled a switch on me and refused to get in the falcon. I'm through trying to manhandle her so tied her up in her shaded hangout and she like to have flipped out when I got in the car to leave. Servers her right for being such a TWIT!

The storm last night fell apart before it reached me, but there were signs of heavy rain in SB while I was there.


Pepper the excavator
Pepper had dug such a large hole under one of the corners of the dungeon I had to fill it in with rocks. She's done that on the back and one side. No doubt the shady areas. Damn Dog! 

16 comments:

  1. I thoughts on snakes, never go outside at night without boots, when its hot they like the shady places, when its cool they like hot rocks. Now here it is Tuff...mark your territory!! LOL

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  2. I would go back and fix my...I thoughts..but you'd make fun of me :(

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  3. Well frann, I must truly be tough because I was out there at 12:00 midnight clad only in my Haynes briefs and house shoes just to crank up the genny for a 15 minute AC run. Of course I was armed with a flashlight though.

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  4. I worked at the park and lived behind Panther Junction. We were told never to go out at night in flip flops or barefooted. So guess who got but by a snake..yep the barefooted Ranger!

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  5. Well I guess I'll be out there tonight clad only in my Haynes Briefs and snake boots. I'll be armed with a flashlight and shotgun though. (No cameras allowed!)

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  6. making a note: Dont go a visiting at night

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  7. I've watched my Plott Hound dig a bit to get down to where the dirt's cooler and lay in it. Does Pepper lay in the hole after she digs it? Maybe she wants to den up under the shipping container - bet it's cool under there :)

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  8. OGT, I don't go visiting at night anyway. Some people will shoot first and ask questions later unless they know you are coming.

    frann & MC, are you'll talking in code?

    Abby, I don't know how cool it would be under the dungeon, but she had hit solid rock so no chance of her going any deeper than all the rocks could fit in. I keep the dirt under the pallets out front wet so she can dig down there and stay a little cooler.

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  9. Shoot, I don't know ... it's a miracle I'm talking at all :)

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  10. Aww Tuff it is just I have this picture in my head if tighty whities and cowboy boots..Only a very few could actually carry this off without making me smile!

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  11. Its alright to smile frann, Just don't laugh!

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  12. I guess the dilemma of having to go out late at night is now solved. I built another evap because the generator was using too much gas to be used for cooling. Just added a new thread to the blog with pictures of it as I built it.

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  13. Man I hate to hear about the snakes. I was watching a news report on KSAT (San Antonio station) about an attack by a rattler within the city limits of a well manicured yard on three dogs in San Antonio.

    I don't know where I got this idea that once a rattler bites you once her venon is gone for a while. This snake bit one small dog and killed it, bit the second one and it survived and then bit a larger dog in the eye and the vet had to surgerically remove it. The poor family ended up with over $5,000.00 in vet bills.

    By the way the snake was hiding under some decking :-(

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  14. MsB, I'd heard of that happening in the DFW area a couple of times. Back when there was a drought around there and all of the lakes were real low a lot of animals that hadn't been seen in town were. (Skunks, possum, coons and others) I guess the snakes just follow them in?

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