Right after we got married, we were at loose ends for a whole summer! My husband was headed back to school in the fall and until then we were unemployed and without living arrangements, so rather than live at home with parents we moved into the family 'retreat'. It was a barely converted barn in the country. There was a bedroom in the basement and one huge living space at ground level. It was peaceful and serene and free.
When we returned from a week of house-sitting we found the skin of a 4-foot black snake on the rug beside the bed. That was it for me! We packed up and moved back home for the rest of the summer that very day.