Adventure Challenge – Day 53: Encounter with a Rattlesnake

This is a trail I have been wanting to hike for a long time. The one thing I can say about the adventure challenge is that it has really motivated me to get up and do the stuff I’m always talking about wanting to do.

I went with a friend up to Smithville, MO. I heard there are really great bike trails around the lake. We found a tail just off of the main paved biking trail and cut through the woods. I never really figured out if we were on the Copperhead Trail or Whispering Pines. We hiked a total of 3 miles so I’m guessing we were on a little of both. I would have liked to hiked longer but we went too late in the early afternoon and it got too hot.

The most surprising thing on this trail was my encounter with a snake. I heard the rattle before I saw the snake. Growing up in Kansas (and many early years on a farm), rattle snakes aren’t uncommon. When I’m hiking I often hear animals moving in the brush to the side of the trail and I try to tread lightly and quickly. I was leading down the trail and my friend was talking. I heard the rattle and immediately stopped. I didn’t say anything, but kept looking for where the sound was coming from. My friend, not noticing my sudden stop, came quickly up beside me, where a snake jumped and then slithered away into the woods. I won’t lie, I nearly peed my pants. It was less than a foot from us and it was huge. I hate snakes. I have no idea why they creep me out so much, but they do. It left me paranoid for at least the next 20 minutes, jumping at everything small noise I heard in the brush.

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I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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