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Apr 05 2016
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Spillway Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.10 Miles 305 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.67 mph
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I lost count on how many snakes that I've seen already.
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Apr 03 2016
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Joshua Tree National Park TrailsInland, CA
Inland, CA
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Triplogs sound better in my head than on the keyboard. I went to Joshua Tree National Park to add more sidewinder photos to this site. I saw 6, and sadly saw one of them get run over. Saturday night was busy at the park. Sunday was not as busy.

I did a lot of night surveillance lookin' for creepy crawlers. Most of the snakes were very small and hard to find. I found my first night snake in the park. There's always something new to see at Joshua Tree. :) I don't know how far I hiked but staying up until 2am and waking up at sunset for two days straight wore my out.
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Mar 31 2016
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Stewart Mountain Dam - PetroglyphsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 31 2016
gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking1.20 Miles 460 AEG
Hiking1.20 Miles      44 Mns   1.64 mph
460 ft AEG1 LBS Pack
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I wanted to go to Butcher Jones, but the road construction left me sitting in a line of cars for over 10 minutes due to road construction, so I opted to do this hike. I started where the tubers go into the river. I don't remember the name of the rec site. I walked a long the river and got bored. I still haven't fully recovered from being sick either. I also wore my old shoes that are very worn and hurt my feet. :(

On the way back, I spotted a gopher snake near the river. I wasn't going to photograph it, but I did anyway. I actually don't like photographing snakes. I only photograph snakes because you all like them so much and wish you would encounter more on your hikes and near your home or office.
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Mar 28 2016
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Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 28 2016
gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking4.60 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   2 Hrs   13 Mns   2.08 mph
400 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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I woke up still not feeling well. I called in sick and planned on staying home the rest of the day. I watched the movie Trash Humpers on youtube (https://youtube.com ... kDoM). I don't know what I jus.t saw. It was either the best movie ever made or the worst. Either way, it inspired me to get off the computer and do something.

I walked Hawes Trail. I started strong in the first 15 minutes and then started to putter out. I did manager to come across my fist patchnosed snake of the year, making it my 33 snake of the year thus far. :D I wasn't in the mood to photograph much of anything else.

2016:
Gopher snakes - 11
Dbacks - 9
Coachwhips - 5
Sidewinders - 5
Lyresnakes - 1
Patchnosed - 1
Nightsnakes - 2
Gila monsters - 1
Coyotes - 4
New species - 17
Dates - 3
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Mar 27 2016
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Goldfield Ovens LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 27 2016
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Hiking7.90 Miles 775 AEG
Hiking7.90 Miles   3 Hrs   36 Mns   2.19 mph
775 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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Originally, I wanted to go to Joshua Tree NP but was not feeling well. I decided to go Goldfield Oven for a quick and, what I thought would be, quiet hike. I saw a few folks in the beginning and a few horse riders toward the end. I ran into MCSO looking for a man on the run. The helicopter was hovering over me for an hour, which scared a lot of the birds away. I thought I would feel better after the hike, but I actually felt worse.
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Mar 15 2016
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Meridian TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 15 2016
gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking3.80 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.33 mph
140 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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3 things that I'll never understand:

1. Why people speed up to red lights?
2. Golf
3. Why people, who have stopped to rest on the trail, all of a sudden decide to resume hiking as soon you get within a few feet of them, even if you're on a mountain bike?
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Mar 13 2016
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 13 2016
gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking3.50 Miles 583 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   2 Hrs   33 Mns   1.37 mph
583 ft AEG1 LBS Pack
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Took a lil stroll in the desert. I only saw a few folks on horseback. I found dback off trail that looks gravid to me. I know the location and it's not too far in, so I'll be keeping an eye on her so I can get photos of the newborns. I saw more birds than expected and a deer. I was then looking for tortoises but only found their burrows. Overall, it wasn't too exciting.
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Mar 12 2016
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Meridian TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking4.00 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   1 Hour   43 Mns   2.33 mph
140 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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Took a little AM hike. I wasn't expecting to see much, but a lot of birds were out. I saw a coachwhip that posed nicely for me. I'm not feeling well, so I cut my hike short.
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Mar 10 2016
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 10 2016
gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking4.20 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking4.20 Miles   1 Hour   20 Mns   3.15 mph
100 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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Saw my 10th gopher snake this year. :y:
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Mar 08 2016
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Pima Wash - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 08 2016
gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking2.30 Miles 614 AEG
Hiking2.30 Miles      59 Mns   2.34 mph
614 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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I went to Pima Wash to look for herping areas for future trip. I think I may have found one that looked promising.
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Mar 07 2016
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Cat Peaks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 07 2016
gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking4.10 Miles 320 AEG
Hiking4.10 Miles   1 Hour   33 Mns   2.65 mph
320 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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First night snake of the year. Kinda small. I'm sure I'll see more night snakes.
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Mar 06 2016
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Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 06 2016
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Hiking6.50 Miles 670 AEG
Hiking6.50 Miles   3 Hrs   14 Mns   2.31 mph
670 ft AEG      25 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
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My cat woke me up at 3am because he wanted to go on a walk. I walk my cat, by the way. Seeing that sleep was not in my future plans for tonight (my cat's quite persistent when he wants something), I ended up walking my cat for an hour. After that, I eat, cleaned, and decided that I should do something productive on my day off.

I decided on Butcher Jones. Who's Butcher Jones, by the way? I wanted to see some bald eagles. I didn't see any. Clouds were blocking the sun at first, making photography a bit more challenging than I wanted it to be, but it cleared up later. I saw a dback and possibly a new bird species for me, but I'm not sure. There were a bunch of bird out.

Afterwards, I was supposed to have a photo shoot at Gilbert Riparian Preserve. My model canceled on me, but I went there anyway.
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Mar 05 2016
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Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 05 2016
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Hiking3.70 Miles 200 AEG
Hiking3.70 Miles   1 Hour   37 Mns   2.29 mph
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I was supposed to do a group hike this morning but wasn't feeling well. I decided to hike Usery again. In the beginning, I was photographing birds. Later, I went looking for snakes and ended up spotting a small coachwhip on the move. It wasn't a bad day, but I still feel like garbage.

On the plus side, I discovered a new band called the Coneheads. Check it out:

https://youtube.com ... ex=7
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Mar 03 2016
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Wind Cave Trail #281Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 03 2016
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Hiking6.20 Miles 800 AEG
Hiking6.20 Miles   2 Hrs   55 Mns   2.33 mph
800 ft AEG      15 Mns Break1 LBS Pack
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Returned to Usery Mountain Regional Park for some exercise and desert therapy. Prior to the hike, I worked out and did a quick herping stint and flipped a board with a dback under it. :y: I mid-size teen snake, my 3rd dback of the year.

I went up Wind Cave. It took me 36 minutes to reach the cave with some stops to photograph birds on the way up.

After the hike, I went searching around the desert for wildlife. I ended up seeing one small gopher snake. It appeared lethargetic. It hissed and struck at me, but his posture and display was just awful and maladriot. I could tell it was not into it because he had a full or partially full belly, so I took a quick, out-of-focus pic and left it alone.

This year's tally:
- 9 gopher snakes
- 3 dbacks
- 1 coachwhip
- 2 coyotes
- 17 new species seen
- 1 ex-girlfriend
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Mar 02 2016
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Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking3.90 Miles 340 AEG
Hiking3.90 Miles   2 Hrs   22 Mns   1.84 mph
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A quick solid hike. It had everything: a snake sighting, birds, lizards, a coyote (my 2nd of the year - no photo), babes, sunshine with a chance of sunburn, and mountain scenery.

If I wasn't pressed for time, I would have done more. I probably hit this area tomorrow. I also saw some lovebirds, but I didn't have a chance to photograph them.
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Feb 24 2016
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Meridian TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.30 Miles 140 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   23 Mns   2.39 mph
140 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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It's about time that I start finding snakes, even if they were small common gopher snakes. I found 3, one was under a board that someone, possibly handsome, placed in the desert, and the other 2 were found in the open. I got to the trailhead late with 2 other cars there. Only one lizard seen and it was a small zebra-tail too quick for a pic. I might head there tomorrow, if I get inspired.
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Feb 17 2016
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Pass Mountain Loop Trail #282Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 17 2016
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Hiking7.40 Miles 1,194 AEG
Hiking7.40 Miles   3 Hrs   9 Mns   2.35 mph
1,194 ft AEG
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I did a little walk around the mountain today. Twas okay. I did see my first snake of the year - a long black coachwhip, but it was too quick for a pic. Lots of birds were out, but I noticed that the birds congregate in certain areas, particularly at the Wind Cave TH and a mile north for it and at the middle on the east side of the mountain. Some birds were near Cat Mountain too.

I also saw my first official costa hummingbird. Apparently, I saw one with a birding group, according to the birders, but it was a blur that zoomed by us. I have no idea how they could have identified it so quickly. Anyway, what this hummingbird was doing was expanding his head feathers in an "X" and flapping in the tree. I thought it was caught on something or was a caught by a predator, but it appeared to be trying to impress a female hummingbird with a courtship display. I took the best photos that I could get. It then saw me and started swooping down on my head with a high-pitched, "wwwhhhooooeeeeeoooo" (something like that). Later, I kept hearing the same call, so there are plenty of costa hummingbirds at Usery Mtn Regional Park.

15 new fauna species seen this year. Not bad for 1.5 months. :D
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Jan 16 2016
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Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
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Name: gummo

Mood: happy with a sideways smile

Itinerary: Cibola NWR to look at birds :next:  Anza Borrego Desert State Park to look at bighorns, frogs, and to practice my kung fu on metal statues :next:  Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR to look at more birds :next:  Watch the Broncos defeat the Steelers in a cheap motel ($30.03/night) :next:  Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR for more birding :next:  Drive Home

Weather: sunny and high of 70F, lows in the 40s (jacket-less weather)

Song: Creepy Jackalope Eye by The Supersuckers (https://youtube.com ... BrPM)

Audiobook: Why Gender Matters by Leonard Sax

Gallon Of Gas: $1.87/Gallon ($1.99/Gallon in 2014)

Weight: 188lbs (same as last year)

Best Outings in 2015: 1) Exploring Central PA in June. 2) Seeing Snake Road in October. 3) SoCal trip - Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Joshua Tree NP, and San Diego in mid-March. 4) Joshua Tree NP on 5/11/15. 5) Florida trip in January.

Highlights of 2015: 1) hanging out with bighorns in Anza Borrego in March, 2) hanging out with cottonmouths in Illinois, 3) seeing a lyre snake at Goldfield Oven Loop in November, 4) saw my 7th bobcat in December, 5) swimming with manatees in Florida.

# of Coyotes seen in 2015: 33

Recycling Income in 2015: $81.45 ($73.64 in 2014)

# of New Species in 2015: 66 (26 species in 2014)

Animals That I’ve Seen In Abundance Last Year: Blue Gray Gnatcatchers, Rosy-faced Lovebirds, Coyotes, Gila Woodpeckers, Coachwhips, Verdins.

Usual Sightings in 2015: 1) One yellow and one blue mating pair of Rosy-faced Lovebirds (they’re usually green), 2) Two bucks fighting, 3) Red-Shouldered Hawk in Cibola, 4) Lyre Snake in November, 5) Otters catching a fish.

Mission of 2016: To teach you all how to photograph snakes.

Confessions: 1) I don’t like people taking my photo because they normally don’t do it right, 2) I once ate a whole large pizza and 25 wings and was still hungry, 3) I don’t call pets by their names.


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I took advantage of a 4-day weekend and went on a mini-road trip to Cibola, Anza Borrego, and Sonny Bono Salton Sea NWR for a little getaway. I was supposed to go Xmas weekend but I met a girl and got sick (the two are not related :stop:). Anyway, I wanted to start the new year off right and get back to my old stomping grounds.

I got to Cibola late, around 1pm, and didn’t see much of anything besides snow geese, which numbered in the thousands. The sandhills were not where they should be, so I had to work a little hard to find them and most everything else.

The next day, I found the sandhill cranes and a plethora of other birds, including my first flock of white-faced ibises. I also found out why there were fewer birds out yesterday. There were a lot of hunters out after ducks and geese and were blastin’ away all Saturday morning. I’m not against hunting but hunting and photography don’t mix. I didn’t manage to see enough to satisfy me, but I left earlier than expected and headed toward Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

I hit the park around 1pm PST on a Saturday. I managed to spot the bighorns within 2 hours, but I was a little late and the bighorns were getting up the mountain to retire for the night. I didn’t get those Disney moments and close-ups, but I did manage to get a few good shots. I also scrambled around to look for other stuff but came up empty.

I searched for some frog by the ponds and only saw 3. Usually, I’ll see dozens. One California treefrog was white and looked more like one from the San Diego area. They have a lot of different looks to them. I also discovered where they rest during the day. They were coming out of the palm trees. I always thought they were in the pond grass. Maybe they are in the warmer months.

That evening and the next day, which would be Sunday, I drove around like a typical tourist looking at the metal statues. I saw my arch nemesis, the giant sloth, and gave it a major karate kick with a little extra UMFPH! : rambo : I ventured to the south side of Borrego Spring to visit the prehistoric statues and the horses. I got metal splinters climbing the large dinosaur and got cut up on the bighorn statue. I showed the photo of me on the large dinosaur statue. She thought that I photoshopped myself on the statue. She didn’t believe me when I told her that I had to set the camera on a 10-second timer and climbed it. I actually messed that photo up because I wanted to be standing on it but I did not have time. I only tried that one once because I was took hard to climb.

I had some time to kill before the Broncos game and went to Sonny Bono’s NWR. It was okay. A lot of hard-core birders were there looking like they were on safari and taken themselves too seriously. I watched the football game and decided to stay put for the night and go birding the next morning.

I didn’t wake up as crisp and as early as I planned. I was going to plan to go to Mittry Lake near Yuma, but I went back to Sonny’s because of the time. I only saw a few tweetie birds, and just called it quits and headed home.

That’s all folks…
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Jan 09 2016
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Devil's Bridge Trail #120Sedona, AZ
Sedona, AZ
Hiking avatar Jan 09 2016
gummoTriplogs 237
Hiking4.00 Miles 500 AEG
Hiking4.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.33 mph
500 ft AEG
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So I got this girlfriend thing now who likes to hike, which means that I have to go to places that I (or any man) would not normally go to like Sedona, Flagstaff, Fatman's Pass, that Horseshoe-looking thing, Havasupi Falls & Jerome.

Despite the fact that I went to an area that was off-limits for me, I did enjoy the hike. The snow made it more interesting. The mud didn't, but I have to take the good with the bad. I also missed the football games, and I really wanted to see the Steelers/Bengals game. Oh well. Maybe next year.

We then went to Dead Horse Ranch State Park. It was cool and saw my first canvasback (my 2nd new species of this year). It was a fun weekend, and would love to explore Dead Horse Ranch State Park during the warmer months to look for more critters. Time was not on my side this trip, and we had to rush a bit and didn't see as much as we would have liked.
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Nov 16 2015
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Red Rock CanyonSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
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Five things I learned about Colorado vs Arizona:

1) Colorado residence were more fit than Arizona residents.

2) People were friendlier in CO (excluding Denver) than AZ.

3) When the forecast states that there's going to be a snow storm at 7pm, it's going to be a snowstorm at 5pm.

4) Women are far more attractive in CO than in AZ.

5) People in CO look at you as if you had 2 heads when you tell them that you like looking for snakes, unlike the people in AZ, who look at you as if you had 3 heads.
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