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Sep 10 2021
gummo
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Salt River Trail #100Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 10 2021
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Hiking6.00 Miles 110 AEG
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I didn't have the energy to stay out all night, so I did a morning hike. I barely had the energy for that, but I have a job to do.

I found three snakes, all small. The dback seemed a little dehydrated. I gave it some water. I found the very skinny coachwhip. I thought it was dead until it started to strike at me. It didn't even try to slither away. I gave it some water. I don't think it drank enough but it did stop drinking. Perhaps it might need to eat also. I hope it makes it.
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Sep 08 2021
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2021
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Hiking0.50 Miles 100 AEG
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Went back to this area again. I think I found the female dback (no photo) that was in the area of the two combating diamondbacks. I also think I saw the one dback that I wasn't able to photograph on the previous night, but I'm not sure. I saw four snakes total, all mid-sized dbacks on 9/8.

On 9/9 (after midnight), I only saw two baby diamondbacks. You can tell that the snake activity decreased. It's getting hotter and drier in the area. I might have to hit another area in the upcoming days. The toad activity also decreased.
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Sep 07 2021
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 07 2021
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Hiking6.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   33 Mns   1.83 mph
100 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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10 snakes total. :sweat:

Returned to the same area and saw 10 different snakes. Although, one snake could have been the same one I saw two days prior, but I was not sure, because it disappeared before I could photograph it.

Started off by seeing a 4.5' gopher snake. I followed its tracks to see it still in the wash. I saw a plethora of small river toads in the same wash. I saw a resting coachwhip that did not look healthy. I tried to water it, but it would not drink and slithered away.

Then I saw a night snake and then two male dbacks in combat. They stopped when I arrived, so I decided to look for the female. Males do combat in the presence of female. I didn't find the female. When I returned, they were at it again. I went for my camera, but then they stopped again. One dback coiled up (see photo), but the other one went under a bunch of rocks, and I lost sight of it.

I saw a sand snake stuck in a black widow's web. I thought it was dead as it hung off the ground. The black widow was occupied with a beetle at the time. When I touched the sand snake, it squirmed and was able to break-free. It appeared tired as it didn't move much, but it seemed okay, just tired.

I saw 2 more dbacks but they were in high grass and were hard to locate. I then saw a kangaroo rat bounce by a hole. When it did, a small gopher snake popped its head out to track the rodent. I snapped a photo then gave it some water. It actually drank a lot. I would have missed that fella if it wasn't for the rodent.

I thought I would start earlier to get home earlier, but I ended up staying until 2am. Good variety tonight! :)
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Sep 05 2021
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 05 2021
gummo
Hiking6.50 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.63 mph
100 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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Finally had a decent day of herping. I combed the washes and starting finding snakes after 2am. Total of 9 snakes. Left the trail @ 5am. I would have left earlier, but 2 guys were yelling incoherently in the parking area @ 4am, as if inebriated (hope I spelled that correctly). I wasn't sure if there were in the parking area near my car or in someone's property. Nonetheless, I opted to stay an extra hour until I didn't hear them yelling anymore.

Long night...
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Mar 27 2021
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La Jolla Caves TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2021
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Hiking1.00 Miles
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Took a trip a much needed trip to San Diego. I even met my cousin there, who I didn't know was there. She was staying about a mile from my hotel. Anyway, I learn what brittle stars were looking in the tide pool. I've never saw one before and found 4 in a short amount of time, learned what grunions were (https://www.californiabeaches.com/grunion-run-schedule/), and forgot how fun it is to swim in the ocean. I swam with a seal for a short while until I thought this was a bed idea, as seals attract sharks.

Everything is more expensive in CA, but most people seemed happier and were in better shape. I think it's because of the beach and hills people have to walk up. Plus, it's harder to drive there, so people walked more than here. Last time that I was in San Diego was March 2015.
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Mar 07 2021
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Elephant Mountain Summit - Spur CrossPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2021
gummo
Hiking7.80 Miles 1,977 AEG
Hiking7.80 Miles   3 Hrs   35 Mns   2.18 mph
1,977 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
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New trail for me. I've never done Elephant Mtn. The sign said that the trail to the top was closed, but people were ignored the sign. I wasn't that inspired to reach the top. I looked for snakes on the way down and in certain areas, but it was too crowded. I did see one snake track, so they are out.
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Feb 17 2021
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Lost Camp LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2021
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Hiking5.35 Miles 1,318 AEG
Hiking5.35 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.74 mph
1,318 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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Feb 15 2021
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Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 15 2021
gummo
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   30 Mns   2.60 mph
1,600 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
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I thought the canyon would be crowded for President's Day, but that wasn't the case. Trailhead temp was 51F, not cold enough to go shirtless. It was drier than I thought, but there was some puddles in the creek. I got lost by taking the wrong trail back to the car, but it wasn't too bad. I had camera issues, but I didn't see much anyway this trip.
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Feb 14 2021
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Big Loop - Chiricahua National MonumentTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 14 2021
gummo
Hiking11.00 Miles 3,140 AEG
Hiking11.00 Miles   5 Hrs   52 Mns   1.88 mph
3,140 ft AEG8 LBS Pack
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Trail temp was @ 39F at the start. I did the Big Loop for my cold weather training™. I wasn't able to get out as much as I hoped in the mountains this winter, so I was not sure what my cold tolerance was. It wasn't too bad. I did the loop in my winter shorts and shoes. I was hoping that it would snow here, but it didn't. Snow covered the southern Chiricahuas but missed the monument.

I passed 29 people on the loop. Only one asked if I were cold. She stated that she was wearing 4 layers including a thick coat and a hooded sweater.

The sun shined at the end of the hike. The trail temp at the end was @46F, so it really never warmed up. People were friendly. The hike and being exposed to the cold was not too challenging, but it was still a good hike.
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Feb 13 2021
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Natural Bridge Trail - Chiricahua N.M.Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 13 2021
gummo
Hiking4.80 Miles 681 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   2 Hrs   20 Mns   2.06 mph
681 ft AEG7 LBS Pack
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I'm slow compared to every else on here. It might be because I'm always on the lookout for wildlife, but I'm somewhat sure this is how fast I can go. Not that I mind too much. I did take a few minutes to try to catch a bird (I'm not going to explain), but other than that I walked the whole time.
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Feb 08 2021
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Broadway CavePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 08 2021
gummo
Hiking3.70 Miles 960 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   2 Hrs   8 Mns   1.93 mph
960 ft AEG      13 Mns Break7 LBS Pack
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Feb 07 2021
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Pyramid Trail - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 07 2021
gummo
Hiking6.50 Miles 1,350 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   2 Hrs   38 Mns   2.47 mph
1,350 ft AEG6 LBS Pack
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1st trip
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This will probably be my workout trail until mid-March. It wasn't as crowded as I thought, and I don't remember it being hard before, so I must be getting out of shape. I am coming off an injury, which may explain why I was dragging today.
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Jan 31 2021
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Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 31 2021
gummo
Hiking10.60 Miles 1,967 AEG
Hiking10.60 Miles   4 Hrs   28 Mns   2.47 mph
1,967 ft AEG      11 Mns Break4 LBS Pack
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It wasn't as crowded as I thought. Car issues kept me local this weekend. I would have preferred to hike in snow. Lots of side-blotched lizards though. No photos.
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Jan 18 2021
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Vault Mine Trail #77Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 18 2021
gummo
Hiking8.00 Miles 2,360 AEG
Hiking8.00 Miles   4 Hrs   38 Mns   1.73 mph
2,360 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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Did the loop. Up Vault Mine and down Super Trail. Did some scouting also. I didn't see much wildlife besides a deer and a few birds. I'm working on getting my stamina up. Much warmer than yesterday, but there's supposed to be a cold front coming in this week.
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Steller's Jay
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Jan 17 2021
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Bog - Kent Springs LoopTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 17 2021
gummo
Hiking5.10 Miles 1,600 AEG
Hiking5.10 Miles   2 Hrs   49 Mns   1.81 mph
1,600 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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39F at the start @ 8AM. Air temp was 58F when I ended. No wildlife. I saw people starting the hike near the end after 10AM.
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Nov 29 2020
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Murchison Falls National ParkAfrica, WW
Africa, WW
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Scenic Drive
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Since covid cases were on the rise with Thanksgiving around the corner, I figured I'd play it safe and go to Uganda for a couple weeks. I have friends in Uganda and am looking to add more to the list. The flight was difficult because I got zero hours of sleep on it and followed it up with an additional zero more hours of sleep when I arrived. I am thankful that I missed the gunfire driven by political strife that took place a day before I arrived (We ain't the only country that has fierce political division).

After a few days rest in Kampala, I started the safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park to look for lions. The first day, we did not find any. We only found one on the second day. The lions in the southern section climb fig trees, a behavior that is not seen anyway else in the world. They sleep in trees to cool off and escape the biting insects.

The safari lead to Sempaya hot springs and then Murchison Falls National Park. The ferry to the falls was closed. They are getting excess rainfall there. The grass was high, making it difficult to find animals.

One of the first animals that I saw on the 2nd day in Murchison was a leopard early morning. The group that I was with attempted to find lion but with no success. The lodge was empty, so we mainly had the park to ourselves, minus the rangers and construction crew. Lizards, warthogs, and waterbucks were common near the lodge.

This was my 5th trip to Uganda. By far, there were more baboons and Jackson's hornbills during this trip. A snake was seen crossing the road in Queen Elizabeth Nat'l Park. It looked like a small black mamba, but it was too quick to identify. I found a sick or injured bat in the lobby of the lodge. I found a African crawled frog in the pool and many of the lizards walking the lodge grounds. Some lizards were found at the ferry near the river. After Murchison Falls, the group ventured to Aruu Falls with a short but steep hike and back to Kampala.

As for the Covid regluations: Uganda required masks at all times inside businesses, but they did not enforce it. I did, however, require to get a PCR test 3 days before my trip and 5 days before leaving the country. The airport enforced strict regulations as tourists were turned away if they didn't have PCR tests before boarding. Mask rules goes as follows: Before entering a hotel, park, and some restaurants & museums, you must wear a mask. After they take your temperature and you sanitize your hands, then you can remove your mask if you want when inside. All staff wear masks. No one seems to worry about getting Covid-19. Only about a few hundred get infected each day. I kept getting asked, "Why are so many Americans dying from Covid-19?"

Cases in Uganda are rising slightly but not nearly what it's like in the US. In fact, it's not even a topic of concern here. It's more concerning to contract malaria than Covid-19. It felt relief not talking about Covid-19 or politics.
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Nov 06 2020
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 06 2020
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Hiking4.50 Miles 100 AEG
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Well, I'm still finding snakes in November, and they're thirsty. I saw one coachwhip. He was obviously dehydrated. He was thin, slow for a coachwhip, and its poop was hard (he tried to poop on me when I caught it).

He tried to bite me but he could not strike very well. As soon as I start spraying water on him (I carry a spray bottle with me when I hike in the desert), he calmed down and started drinking right away. I grew impatient, so I dunked his head in the water to get him to drink faster. He drank for about a half hour and took up more than half of the water I had. Video:



On the next day (11/7), I saw a baby patch-nosed snake that also drank water. Snakes are stressed due to the drought, so I'm doing my part to give them water when I can. I've never seen so many thirsty reptiles.
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Aug 26 2020
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 26 2020
gummo
Hiking6.50 Miles 320 AEG
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320 ft AEG
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Smokey! I didn't know there was a fire in the area, but I managed to get onto the trail and do a little scouting. I only saw a night snake. The main entertainment was after the hike. I stopped at Taco Bell to get an egg burrito. A thin, elderly, big bearded, and unmasked man came up to me to tell me that the coronavirus was like HIV and not airborne. He stated that his senator (whoever that is) told him and that the government is lying to us.

My first thought was, "So why do you believe in that one senator who also works for the government?" He had that blank stare that is common with mentally ill folks, so I felt sorry for him and listened. He told me that the virus was spread by eating meat. I told me that I don't eat meat, except fish once in a while.

I tested him out by saying that I don't trust anything Trump says to see if he was just a extreme far-right winger, but he replied, "They all lie." He talked about service in Cambodia (not Vietnam) and how oil is controlled by Saddam Hussein (I don't think he knows that he's dead). It was evident to me that he lonely and wanted to be hear and feelings validated, like most people.

Because he had a bindi (Hindi forehead dot) and spoke about the perils of eating meat, I assume he wanted to push is vegetarian agenda over any political tribal affiliation. I'm not sure why he was supporting a restaurant who serves meat.

The good news here is that my hobby of looking for snakes seems a lot more normal now than what others are doing and thinking right now. :D
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May 13 2020
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Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 13 2020
gummo
Hiking5.00 Miles 400 AEG
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400 ft AEG
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A lot of people were happy to see more springtime snakes on their hikes, but now it seems like scorpions are starting to decorate the nighttime trails with their presence. Snake activity seems to be slowing down a bit in the East Valley, so we need to change up our hiking habits to increase the likelihood to seeing them. I'll stick to my nightly habits for now because coral snake season is here until mid-June.
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Apr 16 2020
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 16 2020
gummo
Hiking5.00 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   2.11 mph
100 ft AEG
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A slow start to 2020 in finding snakes, but finally, there is hope. I found 4 different species of snakes in 2 hours. I also saw an owl dive bomb a rabbit and miss in front of me. Lots of rodents out as well.
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