This was truly a rude awakening! I’m camped at Stehekin waiting for my resupply to arrive this morning so I can hike out. My tent is up and I was just starting to wake up. The light is hazy because of all the smoke in the area from the Wolverine Creek fire. I instantly recognize the familiar sound of a rattlesnake! It is VERY LOUD! I look through the mesh screen and there it is! I knew he wasn’t coming in so I just stayed still. He moved but not far. I eventually came out an am sitting at a picnic table twenty feet from my tent and that damn snake is still one foot from my pack. I was able to take a a couple pictures but I’m not sure how good they are. My hands were shaking! I’m glad he isn’t IN my pack! I’m drinking coffee waiting for him to have someplace else to be. I can’t take down my tent or pick up my pack!! I’m trying to be respectful of it and not do anything to get myself hurt.
Now…as I keep sitting at the table having breakfast a white truck drives by. It’s a park ranger. He used a grabber and took the snake away! I lived to tell the story! My new friend