We’re Going Walkabout to Writeabout

What are your plans for the Labor Day Weekend?  Have you ever gone “Walkabout”?  Just taking off on  a walking trip thru nature?  Wonderful exercise and helps clear the mind while restoring energy and balance.   Take along the binoculars for bird and other animal watching if you have them.  And a camera to remember the journey.   It’s good to be outdoors in the fresh air, reconnecting with Mother Nature and her wondrous bounties and creations.  It would be a great time to visit one of the wonderful local, state or national parks.

I will be going “Walkabout” myself over the weekend, while also going “Writeabout”, spending the weekend with Little Red Bear to complete the fifth story in his upcoming collection of adventures.  It involves an abandoned old mine, and we’ll just leave it at that for now.  Four stories are in the hopper and ready to go, and the fifth to be finished this weekend.  We have about a dozen competing story ideas to be number six in the first collection, but we need to finish number five first.  That’s our plan for the weekend.

Little Red Bear asked me to remind  that if you are headed outdoors over the holiday weekend- picnics, camping, hiking, etc.- please do be careful of fires, most especially in drought-stricken areas, the Southwest, California and other red-flagged western areas where it has been so dry.  There are a lot of homes at stake– human and wildlife.   As our friend Smokey says-

“Remember- only YOU can prevent forest fires!”– Smokey the Bear

And if headed to the beach, please keep a watch for dangerous rip currents still present from off-shore storms on both coasts. And remember the sunscreen.

Please check back next week for more Little Red Bear updates.   Our new Blog assistant, Rusty the Fairydiddle, left on an out-of-town assignment a couple weeks ago and I haven’t heard from him in a while.  Should we be concerned? 

As always, thanks for reading and have a wonderful, safe weekend! — Jim (and Red!)

 

Fatal Copperhead Snake Bite in Missouri State Park- Be Safe!

A St. Charles, Missouri man nearby died after being bitten by a Copperhead Snake in a Missouri state park.  It is the third Copperhead bite fatality in the state’s history, and the fourth snake bite death overall in the state, the other being from a Rattlesnake in the 1930’s.

Here’s the point → If you don’t know what it is do NOT pick it up.  And even if you do THINK you know what it is, still do NOT pick it up.  Snakes can be very confusing and not obvious when covered under leaf litter and detritus in the woods.

For copperheads specifically, note the distinctive hourglass shape pattern and coloration.  But- they are easily and frequently confused with Rat Snakes and other snakes.  As are Water Moccasins (Cottonmouths).  And Coral Snakes vs King Snakes.  Please leave snake handling to the experts.   Snakes are on the move and very active this time of year, baby snakes are coming out and even a poisonous baby snake is dangerous.   Please teach your children to give all snakes and wildlife a wide berth and to please leave the critters alone.  For your safety and the wildlife’s. 

Have fun in the outdoors, but please use common sense and be safe.  Prayers for the family.  So sad and avoidable.  Here is a link to the original news story as filed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.  

Snake bite article.