Snakes alive – too right

Instead of doing the traditional barbie or going to the beach on our National Day Off (aka Australia Day)  – I headed into the bush with my husband for a spot of geocaching.

Coninham Hill

The track up the hill

It was hot, it was dry, it was uphill, I was very wary that snakes would be about. It was so much on my mind that I thought of little else the whole way. My thanks go to Kristy Lyseng and her blog post about fears, for these thoughts echoing through my mind. Snakes are definitely on the list. Especially Tasmanian snakes.

We only have three types of on the Island and they rank from nasty to extremely nasty. I’m not about to weigh in on the “how deadly” world comparison – dead is dead after all.

We found the cache up the top of the hill but on the way back it was so windy that my eyes were streaming. My head was down a bit to stop the hat blowing off and to protect my eyes and I, well, got too close to a Tiger Snake for comfort. He reared up a bit and his neck flared out. That caught my eye and made me stop.

Tiger Snake

Thank you Parks & Wildlife Tasmania for the photo

The snake slithered away and all was well. As we walked back down the hill my mind went into overtime anguishing how I could have let myself get that close before I noticed. I’ll swear I also examined every piece of fallen bark and every stick on the track, just in case it moved.

The cache we were after was Channel Views. Sounds nice doesn’t it?

Do you ever put yourself in the path of your fears? Does your mind churn so much that you think you may have brought it all on your self? What do you do on public holidays?

9 thoughts on “Snakes alive – too right

  1. Wow! Snakes are not my favorite but I’d take them any day over spiders. Especially the jumping ones. Ick!! Geocaching sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe I’ll try that the next holiday around here….Well, the holiday after next. The next holiday is my 9 year’s birthday and he gets to choose the day’s events….

    • Geocaching is great fun, with lots of different opportunities. We began it as a way to find interesting places when we moved interstate and also as a n activity when we were homeschooling. I hope your 9 year old makes a wonderful choice. You could suggest this brand new activity, perhaps? 🙂

  2. Yikes! Snakes really creep me out and I would have been doing what you did on the way back – closely looking at anything that remotely looked like a snake or moved like a snake. Close call! Fortunately we don’t have deadly snakes roaming around in my neighborhood, though the little gardner snakes come out in abundance in the spring. I always scream when I see them in the garden and my kids come running to “save” me from them by shooing them away. Yes, I am that pathetic. 🙂

  3. I’m glad I inspired you to write about your fears. It’s a good thing you noticed the Tiger Snake before you got too close! We have six varieties of snakes here in Alberta, and the prairie rattlesnake (I almost wrote that as rattlesnack) is the only one that poses a potential danger to humans.

    I can’t say I’m afraid of snakes. I’ve never been around them much to be afraid of them. But I do find them fascinating.

    I suppose I did put myself in the path of my fears by taking up a martial art. It taught me that I can handle contact sports, and not to overanalyze what I’m doing. (Dealing with this fear and stopping myself from overanalyzing everything is still an ongoing process.)

    • I’ve heard you can eat rattle snake (or was that just in some spaghetti western?) so snack could even be a Freudian slip! You’ve got something there with the over analysing. There’s some maxim I’m sure that says something about dying once or dying a thousand times – every time you rehearse the idea in your mind you live through it instead of just actually doing it once.

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