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Monday, July 21, 2008

Long Weekends are Great!

Me, the kids and Indy got to spend a nice long weekend up in Lake Placid. We did some caching, went to Cypress Gardens and just hung out. It was really nice. The picture above was taken in Sebring. I thought it was really pretty.

When we got up to our place, the first thing I did was clean up. After not being up there for over a month, things were dirty and the porch needed cleaning. I went and got the wet dry vac to vacuum out the frames of the sliding doors. As I was vacuuming, something caught my eye...something stuck in the framework of the door...I tried to suck it out, but it didn't budge. Then I saw it move. I bent down and looked closely and this is what I found!

An absolutely beautiful little scarlet kingsnake!!! The first one I've ever seen in the wild! We were pretty psyched to find this little guy and ended up keeping him for the weekend. He was so sweet and never once even struck at us. Poor snakes are such maligned creatures!
I'll post more pics form the weekend later. Right now I need to clean the kitchen and go to bed. I am not looking forward to going to work tomorrow. I think I need an extra day off!


ChrisB said...

Pretty as that snake is, I don't think I would have been picking it up!

Sayre said...

Thank goodness he didn't go up the vacuum hose!!!! He really is beautiful!

Sandcastle Momma said...

I am NOT a snake lover at all but there's something about those King snakes that I like. They're so non-snake looking LOL Glad ya'll had fun on your getaway! We've never been to Lake Placid but I hear it's beautiful there. How's Indy doing?

mdmhvonpa said...

URK! Not a snake fan ... not in the least.

SophieMae said...

Crikey! He's a beauty! We almost always have one of his cousins hanging around our front deck. There's always a skink feast for him out there.

Love that mural, as well! The lionfish is gorgeous! And the clownfish nibbling your little squid's head are adorable! 8-]

almostgotit said...

Oooooh, *pretty* blog!

Your little king snake was cute. "Didn't strike you?" Yikes, DO king snakes strike people? Don't know if we have those here in East Tennessee, but our other snakes (all harmless) sure help with the bugs and rodents. And I *love* the little skink families that hide in our rock walls and wood piles, and occasionally surprise us in the compost pile as well (sure keep the flies down, though!)

storyteller said...

Ah … looks like a good time was had by all! Love the little scarlet kingsnake! Very BOLD move to hold it ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

lisaschaos said...

I'm always so jealous of all the neat places you get to go caching!