|This and the next 3: nearly 3-foot Western Diamondback|
Since the snake didn't move we waited for the man, who'd been jogging ahead of the woman, to reach us; Dr. K warned him about the rattler, and he walked back to pass the message on to his wife. As they passed, the woman said to us (referring to the snake), "Sometimes it seems like they pop up out of nowhere." After we'd been back on the trail for a short while I looked behind us and saw the man and woman stopped at the spot where we saw the snake; from the way they were standing I assumed the serpent was still there.
The four of us hiked up to Second Arroyo and ducked in for a brief shade and water break. It was already quite hot in the desert (we're headed for a high of 102F) so we started back after our short respite. It always feels good to hop into our waiting CR-V and crank up the air conditioning for the short ride home.
|Willow and Frio|
|This and the next 3: Say's Phoebe|
|Dr. K and the Heelers|
|This and the next 5: Barrel Cactus|
|Prickly Pear pad array|