Day 76: The Natives Visit the Seacoast, Encounter with an Indigenous Reptile

Friday, I began an excursion with the natives to the abode of the tribal elders; there to remain for the following two days.  The natives appear particularly amenable to travel, specifically to the tribal elders abode.  Perhaps it is the multitude of possible activities that the tribal elders offer.  Upon arriving at the tribal elders abode, Tuesday became particularly excited; she had indeed recognized where we were.  The tribal elders offered Tuesday and myself sustenance, which we readily took, after which her focus was on activities outside of the tribal living structure.

Later that evening, the tribal leader joined us for our extended stay the tribal elders.  The following day, I participated in an elliptical exercise apparatus ride for charitable purposes.  Following the five and a half hour tour of villages and settlements along the seacoast, I returned to the place from whence the ride started, there to participate in a tribal celebration with other such riders.  Upon my return, I found Tuesday, Wednesday and the tribal leader waiting for me.  Tuesday had made acquaintance with other tribespeople and was attempting confiscate their riding headwear.  After feeding the hungry native, and myself, the tribal leader and I took the now tired natives back to the tribal elders abode.  Once there, Tuesday began interacting with other similarly aged natives, of relation, outside the tribal elder’s abode.  This would continue until the time for evening sustenance and the bathing ritual came.

Sunday brought a new experience to the young natives: a tribal reunion at the ocean.  Natives and tribespeople came together at a seasonal tribal abode on the ocean.  Natives of all ages and sizes interacted together and shared various tribal dishes.  Wednesday was of particular popularity as she was passed from tribal elder to tribal elder, for their enjoyment.  Tuesday was particularly interested in the sand at the beach, as seen below.  She appeared to be less captivated by the rolling waves of the ocean, perhaps due to their brisk temperature.  Nonetheless, Tuesday found much to do on this sandy oceanside playground.  I must note that Tuesday very nearly chased a sea-faring bird down the beach, however, before she traveled too far, I thwarted her intentions.  Soon the natives and the tribal leader grew tired, so we departed from the tribal reunion and the ocean.

The events that take place next I must describe in great detail, though gruesome as they may be.  Upon my arrival back at the tribal abode, I observed something strange on my approach to the tribal living space.  There, on the concrete path, was an indigenous reptile to the area, choking on a rather large amphibian that the reptile was endeavoring to swallow whole.  Seen below, I knew that I must dispose of said reptile before the tribal leader returned with the natives, for her reaction would not be good.  I sought out a stick, for which to examine the reptile more closely.  Upon poking it with the stick, the reptile slithered, denoting that it was still alive, barely.  Realizing what needed to be done, I ended the suffering for this particularly unfortunate reptile and disposed of it promptly.  After conducting some research, I have concluded that the reptile is a variety of Thamnophis Sirtalis or the common garter snake.  However, judging by the size of said reptile, it has eaten fairly well and did not fail to go without gaining some sustenance.

Today, it is quiet at the tribal abode – both the natives and I are exhibiting signs of rhinorrhea and other cold-like symptoms.  Judging by the weather outside the tribal abode, it appears to be a good day to remain inside.

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