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Ruidoso Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 03 2014
gummo
Hiking1.30 Miles 81 AEG
Hiking1.30 Miles
81 ft AEG
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Name: gummo
Aim: find snakes before it gets too cold
Mood: :D
Weather: mid 70s with a slight breeze
Start time: 2:12pm
End time:4:17pm
Song: Satyagraha by 7 Seconds (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PwS0deLQgw)
Random Facts About Me: (1) I've never met a Mormon that I did not like. (2) I get headaches if I take percocet daily within a week. (3) I forged my professor's initials to skip trigonometry in college so I could go straight to calculus. I don't regret it either. I got a B+ too. (4) This summer, my best friend of 13 years asked me if I ever saw a rattlesnake in the wild. :-s

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So I was supposed to get new tires on my car today, but there was a line of cars wrapped around Discount Tires today. :o Screw that! I decided to go hiking instead. I've been hitting up East Mesa a lot lately looking for new stuff to photograph, and to be frank, I did not expect to see anything today, but I did.

I was going to do some trail running, but I almost stepped on a baby dback on my run, so I abandoned the run and focused my attention toward herping. The dback was sweet and posed nicely for me with a little encouragement. ;) I've been seeing a lot of baby dbacks this year.

My next find was a mid-size patch-nosed snake. Normally, I'm not too excited about seeing patch-nosed snakes, but this one was aggressive and tried to bite me, so I was impressed and now have a new found respect for patch-nosed snakes. I then found my first walking stick in AZ. I've seen a plethora of walking sticks in PA before, but none in AZ until today. :GB:

I, then, returned to the parking area and tried my luck flipping rocks along the bridge for snakes. I didn't see any snakes, so did find 2 ants fighting, which I found pretty cool. I crossed the road and walking unnamed trails to look for more critters and again found another walking stick. WTH! Is this the time of the year to find walking sticks? I've been in AZ for 19 years and never saw one, but today, I was able to find two quite easily. How does that work? :-k

I ended the hike quite satisfied with myself and was surprised how easy it was to photograph walking sticks. I saw no one else on the trail. I'm hoping to see some more snakes before the year ends.
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