Wednesday after the Falls we went over to Lake Britton – a reservoir surrounded by PG&E Land, Forest Service Land, and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park.
The truth is, I have grown to the age that I only like sparkling clean pools. I no longer think it\’s fun to have something unknown, brush past me when I am swimming in a lake and the squishy bottom of the lake is bothersome to me. Sometimes it\’s sand or mud and there are some lakes that have rocks. Big ones, sharp ones, and pebbles.
At best, I will wade in it. (with swim shoes on)
I\’ve swum next to rattlesnakes when I was a kid – that freaked me out when I realized it. You never saw someone shoot out of the lake so fast – while the dads are sitting around laughing and the moms are screaming. That was at Trinity Lake. Best family camping trip as a kid. I learned to water ski there.
Summer Fun at the lake was so much more fun when we were kids. Ignorance in this case is bliss. I loved using a big old tractor tire tube to float around in. Sometimes we\’d float across the lake if it wasn\’t congested with water skiers and ski boats. Sometimes a dead animal would float by, and we\’d all check it out and swim on.
So now, all I do is sit BY the shoreline – relax and look for birds or watch for rattlesnakes skimming the top of the lake.
This past Memorial weekend on Whiskeytown lake (my favorite lake) there were reports of them swimming. Forest Service said they are just going from point A to B and to just let them be. It\’s not a common sight but they also like to cool off so it\’s not that rare to see them if you dare to look.
As long as you don\’t hamper their journey across the lake, all is fine.
I felt sorry for this rattlesnake that was tired of swimming and wanted to hitch a ride on this boat!