At the border, entering the "country" of Transnistria. Photo taken December 8, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Snake!

We had a quiet Friday, lounging around the motorhome. It wasn't without a little bit of excitement to break things up though!

I got up on Sherman's roof to give the solar panels a quick cleaning. On my way back down, I noticed a tear in the rubber roof!


When we had pulled in here, the branches on the trees surrounding the site we chose were starting to get a little overgrown. But I had a quick look and figured there was nothing that would do any damage.

Apparently I was wrong!

Oops!

Fortunately, I am prepared for these situations. In the almost seven years that we've had the motorhome, I've never had to use this stuff.

All fixed up.

Those black dots that you see on the roof are mold stains. The previous owner wasn't very good at doing the roof cleaning, and that's the result. I've tried everything, and those stains simply don't come out.

Later in the afternoon, Ruth decides to go have a shower. We don't mind using Sherman's shower, but there's a little more room in the campground shower! The temperature was 32C (89F) yesterday, so it wasn't like we needed any hot water! So anyhow, Ruth goes in to check out the campground shower and make sure everything is okay there.

Everything was not okay there.

We're pretty used to checking for lizards and spiders here in Mexico, but we've never come across a snake!



We told the owner Garry about it, and he went and got a steel rod. Tried to get it down from there, and what happened?

It disappeared!

No idea where it went. But we're thinking the walls are made of concrete blocks and it went down into one of the holes. Needless to say, we used Sherman's shower yesterday.

Thinking maybe we'll continue using Sherman's shower for the duration of our stay here!

View behind our site.


27 comments:

  1. Eternabond to the rescue! We have a 50 foot roll of it and it has come to our (and others) rescue more than once. It is amazing how much water a tiny little tear can let in! A kit like yours or a roll of it is a wise investment for every RVer.

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    1. It is a must have for RVers because you just never know when you are going to need it. It is also important to check the roof of the RV on a very regular basis.

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  2. Small shower or not..the snake in the bathroom would make me not care to much about the confined space!

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    1. We didn't worry about the small space either, all of a sudden it seemed pretty big compared to the shower near the snake.

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  3. Small or not - Sherman's shower would be the only place I'd be taking a shower.

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    1. Sherman's shower all of a sudden seemed like it was the wise choice.

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  4. Was that a diamondback??? Shivers!!! This has been the year for snakes reported on blogs! Fortunately, we have not had to deal with any. But I sure do scuff my feet as I walk in the desert to give them a warning. I hope that scares them away!

    Man, oh man...Just thinking about Ruth showering with that thing gives me the willies. OHHH, I love my traveling shower.

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    1. We have no idea what type of snake it is and that's why I wasn't about to share the shower with it. If I knew that it wasn't poisonous then maybe I would have felt differently but not knowing is what made my decision an easy one. So no worries, I used Sherman's shower.

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  5. Well... it's really pretty, but I wouldn't want to share my shower with it.

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    1. Yes it is pretty and interesting but I didn't want to share my shower with it either!

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  6. Maybe he just needed a shower?

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    1. I'm don't think that was what he was intending! He looked quite content just curled up on the rafters.

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  7. Hmmm, think using the shower in Sherman is and excellent idea.
    That repair kit is very handy. We have an aluminum roof on our coach, so not to likely to tear unless it was something real major.

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    1. Kevin had thought of using it on our awning the other day, good thing he didn't. The roof is more important than the awning.

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  8. Okay, strange that Doug stumbled upon an Eastern Diamond Back Rattlesnake in our campground yesterday....how coincidental is that? YIKES!!

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    1. We saw that yesterday in your post and thought that it was pretty funny that we both saw snakes on the same day. Not sure what kind ours was though.

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  9. Ruth, we're glad you found it before it found you! Yikes!

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  10. Did you notice how shiny the snake's skin is? That is because he had just shed his skin. He probably used the cement cinder blocks to help pull and scrape his skin off. During the shedding process they are VERY mean, and READY to strike. This is because there is a film over their eyes that they must also shed---during that time, they are unable to see; hence they will strike instantly at anything. During periods of warm weather they grow more; when they grow they shed their skin. Good thing Ruth did NOT go in there, start her shower and then the snake drop from those rafters.! I am very glad she saw the snake first. They probably have more than one living in those cinder walls there. So, beware!!!

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    1. We're not sure about that as there was no skin lying around and when Garry prodded him with a pole he didn't seem too bothered. Seems like he was just wanting somewhere nice and warm so he could have a sleep without the sun beating down on him. Apparently the blocks were capped so there is no way any others were in there and this one is gone now but I still won't be going in there for a shower, Sherman's shower will do just fine.

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  11. Interesting comment from Pat Bowers.

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    1. Yep, apparently they will strike at anything when they are shedding because as Pat said they can't see.

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