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PostSubject: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:06 pm

I guess ill stop being lazy and post up the pics from our trip to Peaks of otter VA again this year. Last time we where there Milo was a little pup.

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Not the elevation some of you hike but keep in mind we start at only a little bit above sea level.


And here is my little friend mr rattle snake. Roxy literally jumped on that log and right over him scared the crap out of me affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:14 pm

camping and hiking is fun! so you climbed about 4,000 vert feet? thats a good hike. how come those huskies are not working on their hike Wink and yeah that rattler would have scared the shit out of me to!

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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:24 pm

Not working as in carrying weight? Given the temps where high we opted for not putting there packs on. SO i was stuck with all the gear Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:28 pm

ok if it was heat related i guess its ok Wink sucks you carried it! no wonder the huge pack! i had to do that at the start of the season when jacks back was jacked up, the extra 2 liters sucked on top of my 3!

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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:33 pm

@BONFIRE HUSKIES wrote:
I guess ill stop being lazy and post up the pics from our trip to Peaks of otter VA again this year. Last time we where there Milo was a little pup.


That's my "valley"!! Can you see me waving? Razz Too bad you had such a hazy day.

I have NEVER seen a rattlesnake in VA!! That's just scary...

Looks like you had fun (well, except for the rattler)!

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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:55 pm

I dont know about everyone else but look how dark this rattler is I have never seen one like him. I thought it was a black snake at first till i saw his rattler.

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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:30 pm

amazing how much milo has grown since last year up there
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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:02 am

@BONFIRE HUSKIES wrote:
I dont know about everyone else but look how dark this rattler is I have never seen one like him. I thought it was a black snake at first till i saw his rattler.


I did a little research because I had some time on my hands and I'm really into snakes, and apparently the Timber Rattlesnake can be almost solid black. If I had to hazard a guess, that's probably what you saw. Don't know if you saw the pic I posted, but I saw a baby Eastern Diamondback on the trail I sometimes walk Ghost on. I just about wrecked my bike trying to avoid it, but it was just chilling in the middle of the path sunning itself.

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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:56 am

the only good snake is a dead snake .........let something else control the mouse population

40" Copperhead (alleged)






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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:30 am

The only good thing is a LIVE snake. I have a copperhead as a pet. And that, my friend, is no copperhead. Its too thin, and the pattern is wrong. Its a non-venomous type, maybe an easten milksnake. This is a copperhead:

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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:00 am

@Legend_of_Faolan wrote:
I have a copperhead as a pet.

Okay... I'm trying not to judge, but... WHY???

(Sorry peeps, I think my "Mom hat" just came out and went on!)
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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:05 am

Because my fiance did research with copperheads for two years through college and when he finished with his research they told him he either had to find homes for them or put them to sleep. My fiance is absolutely nuts about reptiles, they're his favorite thing in the world. I really like them too. So, he picked his favorite one and kept him instead of putting him to sleep. We named him Godric. Razz We have a bunch of tools we use to house and handle him safely such as Kevlar gloves (bite proof, its been tested), snake hooks, locked tank, etc. We use the trash can to hold him while cleaning his tank and stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:15 am

That is actually a VERY COOL story!!! I'm glad I asked!

I still would put on the "Mom Hat" and freak when you were holding him with the hooks and Kevlar gloves.... Ewwww....

Copperheads are really the only snake I fear. That's why your having one brought chills. I live in Central VA and the copperhead is just so silent and unnoticable. We rarely see rattlesnakes (even though Bonfirehuskies did) and definitely no rattlers around houses. But those little, nasty copperheads are everywhere!

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PostSubject: Re: Labor Day weekend camping/Hiking   Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:55 pm

At least they most likely wont kill you if they bite! Only maim you Wink No really though, the only way you might die by copperhead bite is if you are allergic to the venom or have something else wrong with you that might compromise your body's strength...or if your a real young child. Even tiny dogs have survived copperhead bites though.
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