Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Snake Charmer and Hank Williams, Jr.

Nick works as a counselor at Scout camp in the summertime.  For the past two summers, he has been the director of the Ecology/Conservation area.  He writes the syllabi for his program and teaches some of the merit badges involved in the program, and has an assistant and CIT to help him with the classes.
The tent on the right is where Nick spends his nights at camp.  It's large enough for 3 full sized cots and is equipped with electricity!
 During Staff Week, while he was at his computer writing the syllabi (and had music streaming from the computer), he looked up and saw a black rat snake cozying up to his computer.  The song?  A song by Hank Williams, Jr....and that is how the snake got his name. 
Nick and Hank Williams, Jr.

This snake?  Not Hank Williams, Jr....and according to Nick, not a friendly snake. 
We went to camp during family night and got a 'behind the scenes' tour of the Eco-Con area.  Nick introduced us to Hank Williams, Jr. and offered to let me hold it.  Um, NO THANK YOU!  I love soft, furry puppies, not icky, cold snakes.  Hank was slithering all over my boy, and Scott commented that he was probably enjoying the warmth from Nick.  (I was having heart palpatations.)  Nick kept saying, "MOM!  He's not going to bite me!" (because I kept saying, "Watch out!  He's going to bite you!"  duh.)
Slithering snake is all over my boy!  ACK!

After Nick put Hank back in his cage (and I breathed a huge sigh of relief), we went over to the turtle tank and he showed us the various amphibians and reptiles in the tank.  There were many sizes of frogs and turtles swimming or lounging around.  Nick picked up some of the animals to point out what made them unique.  Very interesting!

Oh...and being the germaphobic mom that I am...I hosed Nick down with hand sanitizer when all of the animals were put away.  Because that's how I roll!


Anonymous said...

Oh my I would have had heart palpatations too! What a great son you raised and so GOOD LOOKING!! He's so grown up now!


Inspector Clouseau said...

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Dawn said...

Thanks for stopping by, Inspector!