Saturday, August 1, 2015

Snake by the Trail

I rose early this morning to make another hiking attempt on the Mount Falcon trail.  The cool morning temperature would surely help my endurance, I thought.

I was mistaken.  It was the same miserable story as the previous two attempts:  gasping for breath, staggering along with leaden legs, sweating profusely.  However, on this attempt I had a small adventure.

A rattlesnake was resting beneath a small bush beside the trail.  It started to rattle its tail -- actually, the sound was more like a loud fizz than a rattle -- as I approached.  I took a quick photograph and then left the snake in peace.

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