There are a couple of interesting
stories that Betty used to tell that you may or may not have
heard. One took place while she was driving down a country
road in Florida at night, many years ago. She told us that
she was steering her car from side to side trying to avoid
hitting the various snakes that were crossing the road and
her driving attracted the attention of a highway patrolman
who thought he had found a drunk driver. When she explained
that she was a professor and that she was trying to identify
the snakes in the road and not run over them, the policeman
said that he had been a biology major in college and was
able to tell her where all the best places in the area were
for finding snakes. And of course, she did not get a ticket.
A non-nature incident occurred when Betty bought her new
1956 Chevrolet. Apparently she bought the new V8 model, which
was noticed by two teenagers in their hotrod next to her
at a stoplight. Well, when the light turned green Betty floored
the gas pedal and left the teenagers in a cloud of dust.
At the next stoplight, Betty's Chevy and the hotrod were
side-by-side again for a rematch and when the teenagers floored
it and took off, Betty just coasted along laughing to herself.
Not an animal related story, but another example of Betty's
Adventure seemed to come naturally to Betty. It certainly was one amazing lifetime.