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.