Today, it’s another hot day; so I rode my bike earlier than usual. Speaking of bike rides, and thinking of the Reforestation Camp, being the park where I ride my bike, I’m going to tell you a story. You’ll probably think I’m full of crap, or just plain crazy.
Anyways, no matter what you think, I’m going to tell it – so…
It had started with a trail run. When I had finished, panting heavily, I was thinking of finishing up with a bike ride. The two-wheeler was waiting in my car, and I was mentally preparing myself for that adventure. As I meandered up the final hill, gaining on the trail head, with my beleaguered head down towards the earth, I was in for quite a shock.
There, right on the ground, stopping me in mid-stride, was a sight that caused an audible exclamation…”Whoa!” After I jumped backwards, questioning my skeptical eyes, I confirmed what seemed to be the impossible.
And you may doubt me; to tell the truth, I kind of doubt myself, but right in front of me, and I’ve watched plenty of nature shows, appeared to be a member of the cobra family…I’m not lying.
After surmising the snake in front of me, and realizing he seemed fairly docile, I calmly made my way around the dangerous looking creature. He seemed content to let me pass. I stayed 18 inches away, remembering the striking distance of that particular viper.
After that, with the cobra’s body lying across the narrow, dirt path. I decided my bike ride could wait until the next day. Pretty crazy, huh.
I don’t know if it had been someone’s exotic pet, and they had decided to let it loose. Maybe, as there is a zoo on the property, it escaped captivity. Or maybe, just maybe, someone was playing a cruel joke, and it was a very convincing robotic snake. If it’s the latter, this thing uncoiled, moved its head from side to side, and repeatedly unleashed its tongue. And I did take a few moments to get a good look at it.
Anyways, if you’re at the reforestation camp: beware. Seeing how this creature was right at the trailhead, it could have been a tasteless ruse. On the other hand, stranger things have happened.