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Peralta Trail #102Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Volunteer avatar Nov 08 2014
AZLumberjack
Volunteer2.00 Miles
Volunteer2.00 Miles   7 Hrs      0.29 mph
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Had an exciting couple of days at the Superstition Trailheads. On Thursday, I went out to First Water Trailhead but it was really slow so I got back into the truck to leave, but ahead of me was a Tarantula crossing the road. I stopped and took a couple of photos then made sure it crossed safely before leaving :D

Saturday found me working out at the Peralta Trailhead and around 11:00 I got reports of a Rattlesnake by the bathrooms. I went and checked it out and sure enough there was a big fat Diamondback sunning itself between the building and a retaining wall, an area of about 3 feet. I got the snake removal tool, an aluminum stick about 3 feet long with a rubber coated clamp on the end, and woke the sleeping snake.

Boy, it didn't like that a bit and immediately went into a defensive posture and began shaking its tail. I probed it a couple of times trying to get it to slither off into the nearby brush, but it just got pissed-offer and made several lunging strikes at me. With the 3-foot tool and my arm fully extended, I was beyond the striking range so I next attempted to get the clamp on it to forceably remove it from the area. By now the rattles were going full tilt and the snake lunged at me again and again until I finally got the clamp behind its head.

I carried the snake behind the building but it was slithering through the clamp so I had to drop it and get another hold of it. Finally I got a good grip on it and, using both hands on the tool, I swung it in a full arc and released it at the right time sending it cartwheeling through the air about 50 feet into the thick brush. Whew, good riddance! As I turned around, there was a woman standing a short distance away, eyes as large as table spoons and mouth wide open. She finally asked me if I would check the rest rooms out for any more critters before she went in, which I did and nope, no more snakes or spiders......Just a fun day at the Trailhead. :y:
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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