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A Wake Up Call

Now I realize the Alabama tourism people will not be appointing me as spokeswoman this year, but I had yet another wake up call tonight. The weather was beautiful today and I was anxious to get outside…it seems I’ve been cooped up forever between the heat and the hospital! We decided to go hiking at a nearby state park. It was a beautiful drive there through the hills and the trees. As we drive into the park we see a sign for ticks. I hate ticks and I start rethinking my idea of spending time outdoors. S is already concerned we have no bug spray with us, and he doesn’t know about the ticks. Matt and I had discussed rattlesnakes during the drive, supposedly they’re around the area. Awesome. A movie is sounding better and better. But we all really want to be outdoors, so we press on. We start hiking down a trail and I decide I should talk to K about snakes, just in case we see one someday. I explain to her if she sees a snake, stay far away from it and go to Mommy or Daddy. As I’m discussing this with her I spot a rattlesnake barely off the trail (by a few inches at most)! Well, I’m certainly awake now! Now for those of you from the South, this would be no big deal, but I’m a Michigan girl. We have one poisonous snake and not only have I never seen it, I don’t know of anyone who has. So standing less than three feet from one with my newborn and toddler was a bit startling! I would have liked to take a picture, but I was more concerned with getting K away. I’ll certainly be alert when I’m outside down here!


Other than that, it was a short but beautiful hike. Great scenery, enjoyed the weather, and we saw/heard some cool animals (such as non life-threatening birdies and frogs). Alabama is certainly full of adventures!

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