I have had many close encounters with rattlers. And heat stroke. Rattlers love tall green grass and shady areas and rocky areas.And Blackberry bushes.
Potassium tablets are a must to take with water! Stomping the area with your feet is good, or a large stick.
Poison Oak? Rub the area with wet...
Yes! It is! My best bud does great at it, because; He is built like a bull, very strong, and smart as a whip. And has been doing it since he was a boy, Dad was a dredger on the N. Yuba. He works at it full time, winter and summer!And he has done a lot of research on it too.
He has fallen off...
My best bud bought a used shaker table recently. But it came in parts and he had to reassemble it and a welder has to seal it all together. He has tons of Yuba River sand to run and should pay off real well.
I live in Grass Valley. I will get some sand from the local quarry and run it on my buds shaker table and see what it produces. I already know it has gold in it. It comes from the Greenhorn River, I believe. Decomposed granite.