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2015-06-01  
Phx Sonoran Preserve Connector, AZ
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Phx Sonoran Preserve Connector, AZ 
Phx Sonoran Preserve Connector, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Jun 01 2015
Stoic
Hiking12.22 Miles 662 AEG
Hiking12.22 Miles   3 Hrs   55 Mns   3.33 mph
662 ft AEG      15 Mns Break
 
1st trip
The only trail I haven't done in the Southern part of the Sonoran Preserve, was the Bobcat trail. Wanting to do more than just the bobcat trail, I came up with a connector trail to the Northern Portion of the Preserve. I parked near a park in the housing area in-between both Preserves. The pups and I started our hike around 4:30am. I used the trails in the neighborhood to get to the Bobcat Trailhead. We had a great view of the moon on the West side. We then had a great sunrise to the East. I wish I had brought my camera. I opted out and left it in my truck.The Bobcat trail took about a half hour to hike in and out. I then took the neighborhood trails to the West Skip Rimsza Paseo Trail. I was only planning on hiking about 1/2 of this trail. With the early start and the decent weather, I decided to finish the West Skip trail. We then took a small portion of the Ocotillo trail back to the West Skip Trail. With it getting hot outside, I decided to take the paved trail back, instead of hiking more of the Ocotillo trail. I didn't want to run into any snakes on the way back. It seemed to be a logical plan. Getting close to the end of the West Skip trail, I looked at my phone/gps and looked back up..... My Jack Russell was face to face with a small rattlesnake. Miss Ellie touched her nose right by the snakes mouth. The snake then stuck out the forked tongue. Miss Ellie listens well, and she came right back to me when I yelled. I was extremely lucky...... The snake never moved or shook its rattles. We then hiked the last mile to the truck. Rayna and I then took a 15 minute break at the park under a tree. I guess Miss Ellie wasn't done. She did 5 laps around a soccer goal chasing after birds. The 12 miles wasn't enough for her.
I did see 3 large coyotes before we parked, 3 smaller coyotes near the trail, plenty of rabbits and birds, oh and 1 rattlesnake.
I have been debating for years, weather or not to get a vaccine for rattlesnakes, for my dogs. I think my mind is now made up.
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