Two things I know:
Life is weird, and river life is even weirder.
Setting out to take Poppy on a river hike, I pondered which of my favorite spots to go to.
I decided to head towards a favorite remote area but visions of snakes entered my mind. It is that time of year and I know to be extremely cautious; rattlers & other harmless snakes abound.
I don't scare easily, and I've had encounters with rattlesnakes several times before, but I wondered why my mind could not get off the images of snakes. Was it an innate warning signal?
I almost turned around to go to an easier spot but something in me kept going to this wilder American River destination.
I kept my eyes open as I always do, but by the time I had forgotten all about my snake visions, Poppy sniffed something in the grasses and jumped back quickly.
I listened for the sound of rattling and heard nothing so I held her back and took a peek.
The strangest sight appeared: three or maybe more snakes were all bundled together, two of them obviously dead in a pile.
They were gopher snakes, and I could not figure out the scene.
A friendly fisherman walked by and I summoned him over--upon further inspection, we realized that they were stuck in some sort of plastic netting.
One was a young snake (dead) and two were so huge, one of them still alive and there were maybe more -we could not tell with the grasses.
Despite his uneasiness with snakes, even non-poisonous, the fisherman got out his small clippers and delicately cut the netting off of the large snake, though it was clearly wounded by the sharp plastic wrapped around it.
We could hear the poor thing hissing at us but at least it was free and could move away from that bizarre little scene of death.
I figured Poppy and I were supposed to be there, along with that nice guy who showed kindness despite fear.
I don't know if someone had gathered them and put them in a netted bag or they'd crawled through that thing, and a part of me will still ponder it but mostly it goes right into that box in my mind of "weird, unexplained river happenings", one of so very many..
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