Friday, April 25, 2014
John Met Danger Head On
John has been leaving the house before daylight to burn the stickers off prickly pear for the cows to eat for several weeks. He leaves so early to beat the south Texas heat. As I've mentioned before it is a hot heavy job and he is not young. Sometime I go and sometime I don't because of my medicine schedule and eating schedule in the mornings. If I go I have to take medicine and food with me and it's a hassle. This morning I didn't go and I'm kind of glad. Rattlesnakes and rats love to nest in the cactus. Probably the rats and then the rattlesnakes are looking for them. This year he hasn't seen any rattlesnakes which is unusual. We've been told the wild hogs have thinned the snakes out. This morning he tells me he met a rattlesnake head on. John was burning a plant as high as his head and was reaching up. He saw something fall but didn't know what it was and then he saw that it was a rattlesnake that had run up the cactus to get away from the heat from the pear burner. John put that pear burner flame between himself and the snake so it slithered away fast. John made a decision then and there. No more going to work before daylight.