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Some Shakamakalaka

I am, once again, renting a cabin at Shakamak State Park, which is about an hour in any direction from any place you’ve ever heard of (unless you happen to be an off-roading enthusiast, in which case it’s possible you’ve heard of Redbird, a state-run park a half hour from here).

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This isn’t my favorite part of the state: it’s too flat, despite being in southern Indiana, which is overall dramatically more hilly than the rest of this rather uninteresting state. I’m in coal country, so pretty much every photo here was taken where there used to be a coal mine.

Thankfully, I noticed the two ticks that tried to make my life miserable before they got settled in, but that made for a rather unhappy few minutes as I tried to ignore all the buzzing flies long enough to make sure I didn’t have any more hitchhikers. And no, no photos of the ticks, or unfortunately the large snake, but see the end for one rather intimidating critter.

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Photo: Moi
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Illustration for article titled Some Shakamakalaka
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Photo: Moi
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Also, I’m sharing my screened-in porch/office with this rather large guest, who gets to stay rent-free by eating the really annoying bugs. The key is a couple of inches closer to the lens, so in effect the spider is nearly the same size as the key.

And this is not a small key.

Illustration for article titled Some Shakamakalaka
Photo: Spooked moi
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I have to admit I didn’t enjoy sunrise quite as much as I should have, knowing she was just a couple of feet behind me.

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