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IN A PERIOD OF TIME NOW TRYING TO LET GO OF MY ALL TIME
FAVORITE SPORT.  MY BUDDY J.D. HUNT AND I NO LONGER CAN DO WHAT WE LIKED THE MOST.  HE IS NOW 93 AND SOMETIME AGO WE DECIDED WE NEEDED TO GIVE IT UP.
IN YOUNGER YEARS I GOT INTERESTED IN RATTLESNAKES.  WE HAD THEM IN IOWA MAINLY N.E. IOWA ALONG THE MISS. RIVER AS THE RIVER WENT SOUTHWARD BETWEEN WIS. AND IOWA.  THEY WERE TIMBER RATTLERS.
COMING TO TEXAS IN 1968  IT WAS THE WESTERN DIAMONDBACKS.  WE HAD THEM AT OUR LAKE GRANBURY PLACE.
I HAD TO WEAR SNAKE BOOTS IN MY MOWING WORK THERE.  WE HAD THAT PLACE FOR 20 YEARS  THEN A STROKE HIT AND TAKING CARE OF 2 PLACES WAS TOO MUCH WITH THE LAKE PLACE 65 MILES AWAY.
 
BACK LONG BEFORE THAT I MET UP WITH J.D. HUNT OF GOLDTHWAITE, TEXAS WHERE THE REAL RATTLER COUNTRY WAS.
HUNTING ON HIS RANCH AND HE KNEW ALL THE NEIGHBOR RANCHS  FOR PERMISSION.  WHAT A JOY TO ROAM THE CANYONS, MESAS, ETC.
 
RATTLERS WERE ALWAYS FOUND IN VERY R0UGH TERRAIN.  WE BOTH STARTED FALLING DOWN ALOT AND THE WORRY BECAME NOT BEING BITTEN BUT BY BREAKING A LEG OR BACK IN THIS KIND OF COUNTRY.
 
ON ONE RANCH WE CAME UPON A PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF NO WHERE OF A GRAVE SIGHT WHERE A MAN BURIED   “KILLED BY INDAINS WHILE HEARING HIS FLOCK OF SHEEP”.  FORGOT THE DATE BUT IT WAS BACK MIDDLE 1800’S. 
 
THINGS LIKE THIS IS WHAT I REALLY MISS NOW.  DOING SOMETHING TO GET RID OF THE FAST PACE OF LIVING IN A BIG CITY LIKE IT IS TODAY. 
 
ONE INCIDENT WAS J.D. FELL INO A PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS .  WHEN I CAME ALONG AND FIRST THING I THOUGHT OF WAS SNAKE BITTEN.  WE WERE VERY LUCKY IN ALL THOSE YEARS NOT HAVING THIS HAPPEN.
 
VAN–SAYONARA
 
 
 
 
Norman Vanlaningham
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