A very noisy cargo

Inspiration

By Charles Towne

I was hunting diamondback rattlesnakes in South Florida for Bill Haast, owner of the Miami Serpentarium. Bill milked the diamondbacks for their venom and used the venom in research to find cures for various human diseases.

The hunting had been very good.  In a week I had captured 41 large diamondbacks.  I was driving a Volkswagen bug and had removed the back seat so I would have plenty of room for the snakes.   41 cotton collection bags containing 41 diamondbacks scattered all over the floor of the beetle and there was little or no room left for me. Such a load is almost enough to give a regular man nightmares.

I was traveling across the state to deliver my snaky load to Bill when a state trooper pulled me over.

“Young man, you are driving ten miles an hour over the speed limit,” he said to me. “What’s your hurry?” “I am

“I am sorry officer,” I replied. “I am in a hurry to deliver my cargo.”

He ordered me out of my vehicle with the instructions to stand at the side of the road while he examined the contents of those mysterious bags. I took a fiendish delight in watching that stalwart officer of the law lean into my vehicle. About that time he must have touched one of the bags because about half of those rattlers began a very impressive symphony. Quite suddenly the trooper was standing next to me, white as a sheet.

“Mister, are those bags containing what I think they are containing?” He asked.

Well, I didn’t get a ticket for speeding that day, but I was very careful to obey the speed limit after that. I guess it just goes to prove that God does take care of old men, children, and fools.

Live simply,
Love generously,
Trust God, and make a difference, today.

Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.

16 COMMENTS

  1. You have had such an interesting life!! LOVE this story. It’s amazing you have survived in one piece..lol. I am certain God truly does have a special spot in his heart for those of us that live on the edge. I think you referred to them as old men and fools!!!

  2. Far be it for you to have warned the trooper what was in the bags… I would not have been comfortable with that cargo in the bed of my pickup but never in the confines of a VW. 10:1 the trooper headed back to the barracks to change his shorts. Have a great day sir and keep the stories coming.

  3. Kudos to you my friend, it was so thoughtful to bring a bit of drama into that bored officer’s life! Papa God protects old men,children and fools, probably because we need His protection more than the average person but I firmly believe He also has a soft spot for rascals!

  4. Dear NH, Yes my friend, I have taken living on the edge to the extreme. Life is too blamed wonderful to let it slip by without the occasional adrenalyn rush, but there is such a thing as carrying that to an extreme! Bless you dear folks, Chaz

  5. MIKE, IN EVERY TROOPER’S CAR IS A SURVIVAL KIT. iN THAT SURVIVAL KIT ARE SEVERAL PAIRS OF CLEAN PAIRS OF CLEAN UNDER SHORTS SO AS TO ALWAYS BE PREPARED FOR SUCH AN EVENTUALITY. i SUPPOSE i COULD HAVE WARNED THE POOR OFFICER BUT IF i HAD IT WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE FUN OUT OF MY DAY. YOU TAKE CARE AND KEEP COMMENTING AND I WILL KEEP WRITING, CHAZ

  6. Richard, yes my friend, part of my life’s purpose is to create a tad of excitement for those of us that live dull and mundane lives. Chaz

  7. I am still laughing!! My brother was a highway patrolman and boy, the tales he used to bring home!!
    That one is so unbelievable that it is totally believable!! I love your stories, Chuck…..the stories of your life! God bless you!

  8. Herbert, you are sooo right, my Life, has been interesting to the extreme, and though it seems to be slowing down a tad, it seems that each day presents its challenges. I think it is sad that some folks go through life without really living! If we examine this thing we call life closely we will find the adventure, the thrills, the fun no matter how old we are. Most of us are too mature for our own good. Remember, never forget, the greatest adventure is just around the corner! Bless you all, Chaz

  9. There is never a dull moment in your world! Glad most of your adventures are in the rearview mirror these days!!! No need to risk life and limb anymore!!! Enjoyed the story! Keep writing!!!

  10. Dear Faithy, I am serious when I say that you, my daughter, and my three precious sons, are the source of my greatest adventure in this life, as well as my greatest joy. I Love you sissy, I am so proud of you kids, your daddy, Chaz

  11. I had a VW Bug one time and would have never transported rattlesnakes in it! The only time I had any real dealings with rattlesnakes was a pugnacious Pigmy rattlesnake! It was on the back step of our home and didn’t want to leave. My two girls were four and six and scared to death. So I had no choice but to send ole pugnacious to rattlesnake heaven….or wherever they are supposed to go!

  12. Yes Don, pugnacious they may be, and when a child is the victim it certainly may not be fatal but is still a serious bite. You did the right thing old pal. No heaven for him, just a greasespot. Bless you and yours, Chaz

  13. What a creepy, thriller and funny story !!! I would never get into this Beetle with that unfaithfully creatures … But I respect you, sincerely … How many stories like that you’d have in your Wild Life ??? !!!
    Big Hugs and Blessings

  14. the green VW such fond memories retreving coinage from the gas tank in winter was good training for later years in the army. you have stories to fill a million books if you remember a tenth of them

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