Naked Snake in the Grass.
Alone in Coghurst Woods one day, I removed every stitch of clothing, hid them and ran naked through the woods. It was bright, hot and sunny. I ran down a trail surrounded by tall grasses and trees, revelling in the sensation of warm sun kissing my skin and cool wind stroking me gently over every square inch of my naked body. As I bounded out into a clearing, I was stunned to find a poisonous snake curled up directly in my path, sunning itself, oblivious to the pounding naked child bearing down on it at a full tilt! It was an Adder, the only poisonous snake in the British Isles, sometimes known as the Viper, and distinguished by the prominent “V” marking on its head.
I could not stop. I was going way to fast! So I jumped in panic and sailed right over the curled up form, almost expecting it to rear up and bite my balls as they sailed exposed and vulnerable over its head! But it didn’t move or show any sign that it even knew I was there!
My heart pounding painfully in my chest from exertion and fright, I decided to return immediately to find my clothes and go home. Easier said than done! I had to find another way around. No way was I jumping back over the snake! This involved going out onto the main trail instead of the narrow animal path I had come down. Other people were around and I hid in the underbrush until they passed, suffering the bites of irritating little insects. It was a long time before I did this again!