SNAKE IN THE BEDROOM
Trip Start Jul 12, 2009
255Trip End Aug 18, 2010
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Where I stayed
Jack and Karen's Log Cabin
Karen and Jack's log cabin is on the outskirts of Plains, Montana surrounded by mountains. The scenery here was different from where we had been Idaho, not so many trees and you could see for miles.
Karen and Jack would only be with us for one evening and had to leave for Olympia, Washington first thing. So a great spaghetti supper, a catch up on the family and then bed..
The next day was truly relaxing and after the ranch, it was appreciated
It was great being with Grandma and Grandpa, home cooking and warm family wit and relaxing in the cabin and watching amazing sun sets. What we had not been told (until we were in Yellowstone) was that when mum and dad arrived with Karen and Jack they were told that Karen had experienced mice when she was last at the cabin so with that in mind mum and dad checked the bed and the room. Mum spotted what she thought was a black liquid or nest in corner of the room she walked over to it but the "nest" started to unwind and move towards her. It was a large Bull Snake. This snake is not venomous but mum did not know this and went screaming into Karen and Jack’s room. No one knew quite what to do, so at ten o'clock in the evening they called out their neighbours who came equipped with a hockeystick and net. They caught the snake (which they thought had ventured into the cabin chasing the mice –hopefully he had polished the mice off when he was in there). Jack was up in the morning and arranging for all external holes to the cabin to be plugged. As you can imagine mum did not sleep well that evening.
The next day I was dropped off at the library at Plains as it was the only place with WIFI and we were in desperate need to load up the Blogg. What a great community centre, it reminded me of my chlldhood experience of a library. It was full (mainly of the elderly or mothers with children) but nearly every computer was being occupied by someone over 70. The most painful thing was listening to one elderly lady giving an even older lady a lesson in computer language.
The kids went for a swim in Clark Fork River and we returned home for another relaxing afternoon.