Friday, May 29, 2009

Near Death Experience (Sort of)

Doesn't this look like such a sweet, charming Memorial Day afternoon?

The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and all is right with the world.
Not quite.

Actually, there are literally HUNDREDS of poisonous rattlesnakes strategically positioned in that grassy area you see all around my very precious children. Nate and I had no idea when we decided to take the kids on a hike for Memorial Day at the Santa Rosa Plateau that it is a really terrible time to be in the wilderness, aka. rattlesnake season! We were about a quarter of a mile into the hike before we heard the first recognizable rattling sounds. Olivia noticed it right away and started to get nervous. She said, "Is that sound a RATTLESNAKE???" We didn't want to scare her, so we said, "Um, I don't know. Let's just pound our feet and move quickly, okay?"
By halfway through this lovely hike, we were freaked out! Olivia was whimpering, Brennen was declaring how NOT scared he was, and Nate and I were seriously wondering why on Earth we were not at the beach, at a pool, or at the mall. The rattle sounds were so loud and coming from every direction! Every grassy open area vibrated. At one point Nate laughed, "What are we DOING here? We aren't nature people! We should be at the Hilton! HILTON!!"

We started busting up, more from the tension than anything else. It was hard to stay calm and not make a big deal so that the kids didn't get scared. But we were scared! I was just sure that a huge rattlesnake was going to lunge out of the grasses and bite my leg off, or drag my 29 pound son off into its hole. I could really visualize it!

Needless to say, we survived. But barely.

No more hikes in May for us.


Cara said...

You guys are hilarious. That actually sounds quite terrifying. But in the end it is still a good family memory. And that is all that counts right?

Lindsay said...

That's creepy! But at least your kids will always remember this trip..."Remember the time mom & dad tried to feed us to the rattlesnakes!" Haha! Glad you're all safe!

jessica said...

I love the part where B was saying that he wasn't scared. Quite the role reversal right? I am glad you guys are safe and I commend you for moving outside of your normal routine.

Brown-Eyed Girl said...

Yikes!! So scaaaaaRY! I love nature BUT not that kind of nature!!

What?!! Brennen is 29 pounds?!! Holly molly fat batman, Victoria just got weighed two days ago and she weighs 20.6 FREAKIN POUNDS!! And she is only 7 months!!!!!

Thany said...

Oh my goodness!! What an adventure!

I am so glad you guys survived. And may I suggest a Hilton with a day spa? It really is the best way to go. ;)