Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Look who we nearly stepped upon while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park on Saturday! My husband,Randy, was in front and passed them. Duncan (10) was in the middle and yelled, "Whoa!" We all stopped with our mouths hanging open. His trekking poles would have come right down in the middle of them had he taken another step.
Although we've hiked dozens of miles (or in Randy's case, 350 miles) in the Smokies, this is our first rattlesnake encounter. I'm not a big fan of snakes, but this was actually pretty awesome. They were rather entranced with one another and didn't pay us much attention; in fact, we didn't even get a good shake out of them. I'm okay with that. Duncan and I skirted around the trail to pass them.
For more pictures and details from our Saturday hike, visit Randy's blog, 900 Miles.