- Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:00 pm
What a fun trip! It was truly an adventure. We had a copperhead visit our camp as we were setting up the first day, raccoon bandits, and the taj-ma-tent.
The copperhead went slithering under my boat as I was pulling it up out of the water. It was very pretty, and when I described it to Paul, he took care of it, then told me what kind it was. Smart man.
I was sleeping peacefully and about 11:30 the second night when I heard something walking around my tent. I was startled by the snake, but when I called, "Paul, is that you?" and got no answer after a few times, I was scared. I got the courage to shine my flashlight at the screen of my tent, but couldn't see out that way. I worked up my courage and climbed out of the tent. I spotted 2 thieving bandits with my food bag. I found it very ironic since my avatar is a raccoon. They had hauled it several feet away from my tent. My dilemma was... do I run screaming at them and chance them attacking me back? Or do I go get Paul and risk losing my food bag while I'm gone? I chose the chicken route and woke up Paul who somehow had slept through all the racket. I had to admire their spirit as they stood there and faced down a .38 several times. Finally they left and I recovered my bag. They took my bread! I had babied that bread for 2 days, and somehow they got it out of my dry bag without tearing a hole in the bag or getting the clasp open. Ingenious! They tried to get my tuna, but they weren't fast enough. They did get my crackers too. No carbs for my lunch for the rest of the trip! I went back in my tent when the excitement died down, started to relax, and "BOOM" another shot rang out. Apparently they came back for more. Thanks to Paul they left and did not return. My lunch was safe.
Next day, I climbed one of the big rocks, swam, fished, enjoyed the doe that came to visit the camp... such a relaxing day.
Hirsch's report is a lot more complete than mine.. but I do have to mention his taj-ma-tent. Complete with radio, air mattress, fuel burning mosquito repellent, shade for the heat of the day, fan, and almost two of anything you could ask for including an extra waterproof watch since my new one from Academy wasn't really waterproof as advertised, it was a true work of art.
Hirsch, cooling off in the heat
Hirsch, getting his tackle ready
Lots of these fishing for minnows along the way