Two Takes on Snakes

Orin Hargraves
9 min readMar 27, 2024
Peter Paplanus, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Uncle Jim Saves the Day

Early 1970s: We went for a picnic in the National Forest. The road started out paved, then dirt, then two tracks climbing through the pinyon, juniper, and cactus. “Uncle” Jim (my stepfather’s brother) drove his Volkswagen bus with his wife Wanda, their two boys, my two brothers and me. Just a little ways short of the picnic site Jim stopped.

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