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Aug 26 2011
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Dixie Mine Trail - MMRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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I couldn't sleep, so I decided to go on a midnight stroll in Fountain Hills. I started out at Dixie Mine Trail and then explored the dry washes between the trailhead and Dixie Mine to look for any reptiles to photograph. I ended up seeing 2 gila monsters and a lyre snake. There was also a javelina in Dixie Mine. The mine is barred up, so I have no idea how it go in there. It was worth the $2 fee. :)
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May 26 2011
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Joshua Tree National Park TrailsInland, CA
Inland, CA
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I went to Joshua Tree NP two more times before and after my vacation to San Diego on 5/23/11 and 5/26/11. My partner left early, so I went solo to look for more creepy crawlies. I saw mainly a bunch of sidewinders (very common in the flats there) and desert iguanas. I caught a few lizards by hand, which is not easy by the way. I didn't use a noose either, because that would require skill and patience - two things that I just don't have.

The first half of the photoset was taken on 5/26/11 and the second half was taken on 5/23/11. There was a glitch on this web-site when I uploaded the 5/23/11 photos separately. No big deal, since I didn't take too many photos.

You can see the other photos taken at Joshua Tree and Deer Creek Trail near Idyllwild from 5/20/11 to 5/22/11.

Wildlife seen during 5/20/11 to 5/26/11 were: feral donkeys (AZ), alligator lizards (Idyllwild), sidewinders, desert iguanas, coachwhips, whiptails, a horned toad, earless lizards, a western diamondback, 2 speckled rattlesnakes, a shovel-nosed snake, a coyote, 4 glossy snakes, mice, ground squirrels, a sun spider, scorpions, and brown widows.

In San Diego (photos not uploaded): Red Diamondback, a gophersnake, 3 gartner snakes, 2 kingsnakes (one striped, one common), 2 South Pacific Rattlesnakes, and some deer.

-Can't wait to do it again.
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May 20 2011
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Joshua Tree National Park TrailsInland, CA
Inland, CA
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Herping trip went well in Joshua Tree on day one. I and my partner saw 4 sidewinders (only photographed three of them), a shovel-nosed snake, and a coachwhip (photo not in set). Steve Irwin would've been proud.
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May 18 2011
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San Diego, CA 
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I took a few days off to bounced back and forth from San Diego to Joshua Tree NP and hitting a few areas in between like Idyllwild, Mecca Hills, The Living Desert Zoo near Palm Springs, and the Salton (smelly) Sea. I found out there were no bears in Idyllwild, which bummed me out, so I didn't spend as much time as I thought that I would there. I found out that Idyllwild (San Jacinto Mtns) was grizzly bear country before they were expirated and that black bears never had a staple population there. In the past 10 years tho, some black bears have moved across I-10 and have been spotted in the area. Also, Idyllwild was kind of crowded and had a lot of granola folks.

Anyway, these are some of the pics from San Diego only, with the exception of the brown widow, which was seen on a small trashy plastic kiddie slide off the road.
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Mar 15 2011
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Joshua Tree National Park TrailsInland, CA
Inland, CA
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I spent a 2.5 days at Joshua Tree with Lisa Marie to look for snakes and other critters to photograph. I got a few good shots off and found one of my target species on the last hike: a rosy boa. Joshua Tree is an amazing place. I recommend this park to anyone who is interested in the great outdoors.
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Aug 05 2010
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Windgate Bell LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking10.10 Miles 1,967 AEG
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Hiked with the AHOTE meetup group. It was hard to keep up and a had to rush my shots, so some of them are out of focus.
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Jul 21 2010
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Natural Bridge Trail - Chiricahua N.M.Tucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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I hiked Natural Bridge Trail looking to looking for rattlesnakes, mountain lions, and black bears. I got rained upon and hit a cold front, so after the rain cleared, I decided to entertain myself instead with some self-portraits.
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Jul 13 2010
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Willow Creek to Saguaro LakePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.50 Miles 665 AEG
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I was going to hike First Water this day, but SAR was searching for some missing hikers, so I tried Willow Creek. I never made it to lake. If it weren't for the rattlers, I would not have enjoyed this hike. It's too sandy and not too exciting. I might think differently if I didn't get lost and found the lake
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May 26 2010
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Silver Spur Meadow TrailTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 26 2010
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Hiking2.80 Miles 150 AEG
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I went to retreive my trail camera near Silver Spur Meadow and ran into a lone coati with a stubby tail. He was a curious and friendly little guy. I was able to get within 4ft of it to snap some photos. I probably could've gotten closer, but I didn't want to scare it off. I try to get the best possible photos with the cheapest eqiupment available to me and getting close is the only way that I can do it. Plus, I got pretty good at approaching wildlife without scaring them off for the most part.

I like Olympus cameras, but they're terrible in low light conditions, so these photos aren't as good as I'd like them to be. In fact, I was going to delete them, but after a little editing magic, they turned out okay. I figured that I could just unload them on this site, and delete them from my hard-drive. I realized that if I want perfection, I'm going to have to spend the money and buy a DSLR camera.

Also, my trail camera came up empty.
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May 25 2010
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Echo Canyon Loop - Chiricahua NMTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Hiking avatar May 25 2010
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Hiking3.30 Miles 544 AEG
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If you are looking at my pics and telling yourself, "That doesn't look like Echo Canyon." You are right. I started on Echo Canyon and went off-trail. I recommend not doing this because it was so steep and rough, but I did manage to make it worth my while by finding a few critters, including a bear.
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Jan 26 2010
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Along the Park Road - Everglades National ParkSoutheast, FL
Southeast, FL
Hiking avatar Jan 26 2010
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I wrote this to be article for Florida Wildlife Magazine. They rejected the story, along with my photos that accompanied it. Since I took the time to write it, I might as well publish it somewhere.

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When I arrived in Fort Lauderdale and got into my rental car on the night of 1/26/10, only two things were on my mind- photographing a Florida panther and photographing a Burmese python. I arrived in Everglades National Park around 9pm. Too exhausted to do anything from traveling, I opted to pull of the side of the road before the park entrance and sleep in my car for the night.

Waking up the next day, I was in a bit of a shock. I wasn't used to seeing dense vegetation, cloud-filled skies, and mosquitos. I didn't pack any bug spray, thinking that I wouldn't need it. Boy was I wrong!

My first stop was at Royal Palm. I walked the Anhinga Trail and noticed that the wildlife here was calm and quite content having their pictures taken. I took advantage of the situation but realized that this was too easy. I might get lucky discovering a Burmese python here, but if I wanted to photograph a Florida panther, I had to venture somewhere else.

I noticed people taking the Gumbo Limbo Trail but opting not to take the jeep trail next to it, which wasn't on the map. My curiosity set in, and I decided to walk the jeep trail. After a few yards on the trail, I found what I was looking for - panther tracks! They were fresh and plentiful. I figured this panther uses this trail often at night, so I snapped some photos of the tracks and kept exploring.

The trail led me to Old Ingram Highway, which stretches for miles along a canal teeming with alligators and wading birds. The wildlife here was skiddish and not use to human encroachment like they were at Royal Palm. Alligators would beeline for the water or hiss and snap their jaws if they didn't feel like moving out of my way. The birds were noisy, disapproving of my presence, and would fly away before I could get my camera ready. This was my kind of place.

Along the road, I saw plenty of snakes, mostly small garter snakes and water snakes - some racers too. I wasn't sure where I was heading, but I kept walking. I passed about 5 people on the road. Everyone asked me if I saw any Burmese pythons. I haven't, but I figured that they'd be here.

After walking for hours, I kept seeing more panther tracks, similar to the ones I saw previously. Panthers have large territories that could range up to 200 square miles. My logic told me that these tracks were from the same panther. It must use this road regularly, and if I sat along the road long enough, I would eventually come across it.

That night, I parked my car on Old Ingram Highway at Gate 15, about two miles from Royal Palm. I told myself that I'd wait up to an hour for the panther to pass by. I figured the worst thing that could happen is that I'd fall asleep or have a Park Ranger tell me that I cannot park here after dark. I sat in the back seat to avoid being seen by the panther and rolled down the window, inviting the mosquitos to dine on me. I didn't want to swat them. I wanted to keep as still as possible. Even if I did have some bug spray, I wouldn't have used it anyway. I didn't want to risk having the panther catch the scent of the bug spray and choose another route.

Before I could place any doubt upon my plan, all of a sudden, BAM! There it was! 15ft in front of me stood a large male Florida panther. It came only 40 minutes after I parked. I fumbled around for my camera, and it spotted me and froze for a few seconds. Without aiming or focusing, I snapped a photo before it left the scene. I quickly viewed the photo to see if I actually got it, and I did. Success! But when I looked up, I saw it again at the same spot staring right back at me with a puzzled look, as if to ask, "What are you doing in my backyard?"

I was totally taken off guard, as I didn't think it would return. I fumbled around with my camera and managed to get a nice shot of my leg. I panicked and got other shot was of the car roof as my finger slipped. By the time I got situated, the camera flashes spooked the panther and disappeared into the night. I desperately snapped my last picture toward it only to achieve getting a crystal-clear shot of my rear-view mirror.

Though I wished that I waited to view the picture, I still managed to get one good shot of the panther. I celebrated by calling my friends in AZ as if I won the Superbowl. Too bad I didn't get the park ranger's name who told me that I'd have a better chance of winning the lottery than seeing a Florida panther in the wild, or I would've sent him the picture.

Too excited to sleep, I drove around the park aimlessly, reminiscing what had transpired. The next 3 days, I spent the rest of my vacation in the park photographing other wildlife and telling my story to the locals. I didn't get to see my Burmese python, but seeing a Florida panther up close even for a few seconds was worth the trip. :)
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Jul 04 2009
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La Jolla Caves TrailSan Diego, CA
San Diego, CA
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gummoTriplogs 221
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Back in the 90s, you were allowed to openly walk up to water at La Jolla Cave and swim with the seals, which I did back then. There were few seals, and it seemed like me and my friend were the only ones doing this. In 2009, the seals grew in population and the crowds followed. They added fencing and a rail and restricted swimming and areas where the seals hang out. Also, the area became mephitic from the seal feces. There were discussions about killing off the seals or scaring them away due to the stentch. Now, I heard that they totally blocked it off, and you cannot walk down the cove, so I'm glad that I was able to go down there when I could. It was so pretty, even if it smelled like a seal sewer.
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Jul 02 2009
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Picacho State Recreation AreaInland, CA
Inland, CA
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I stopped at Picacho SRA on my way to San Diego. I had the whole place to myself and decided to look for wildlife along the river at night. At dusk, I walked about 2.5 miles up river and swam about 4 miles back to camp. I've never done this before and have never heard of anyone doing this, so I was not sure what to thing. I had a small headset light, my camera, and a backpack with a bladder that I filled with air.

As I floated, I did not see anything until around midnight. I saw about 10 beavers and a lot of them swam up to me. I thought that they were being curious when they approached me, until I read how territorial they were and saw that deadly beaver attack on youtube. :? I'm glad that I thought that, because many of them were within 4ft, and I was not scared. When I pulled out the camera from the ziplock bag tho, the beavers would dart away, occasionally smacking their tails on the water. Not all the beavers approached me. Some of them swam beside me and one swam in front of me and appeared to be obviously to my presence.

Of course, I was not able to get off any shots, but I wasn't interested in beavers. I actually was focused on the river banks, hoping to find some animals that were on top of the food chain. I heard a plethora of coyotes, saw a few deer, and saw one fox, but night photography while trying to stay afloat and not get the camera wet was challenging.

Anyway, I ended the trip around 3am, and slept for 2 hours, and went looking for snakes. I looked everywhere for them, and ended up finding one at my campsite in front of my car eating a mouse. The snake let go of the mouse and retreated to a hole. I placed the mouse in the hole, so it can enjoy it later.
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Aug 07 2008
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Chiricahua ShuttleTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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My friend came to visit, so he and I went to Chiricahua NM for a few days in Aug 2008. We saw about 8 mojave rattlers on the road outside the park, a rock rattlesnake, and a long-nosed snake plus a few small mammals like foxes and skunks. I lost a lot of my other pics from this trip when my computer crashed, but that's okay. I'll inspire me to go back and do it all over again, and that's not a bad thing.
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Aug 01 2008
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Bryce Canyon National Park TrailsSouthwest, UT
Southwest, UT
Hiking avatar Aug 01 2008
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Hiking8.70 Miles
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So in 2007, I joined facebook - not because I wanted to re-connect with friends that I've lost contact with or to engage in some self-serving social media drama circus by posting opinions and my daily thoughts and events as if they were important enough to make public, but to play Scrabble. Back then it was Scrabulous, which is a complete rip-off of Scrabble.

Oddly, I was mostly playing people that were overseas, mostly in Dubai and India. One thing that I learned is that a lot of Americans and Brits live in Dubai and find it boring. I also learned about the slave trade there (https://www.youtube.com/embed/gMh-vlQwrmU). I met a woman from India playing Scrabulous who worked as a pre-school teacher in Dubai. We hit it off great and started to chat daily. She wanted to move the US, and I told her that if she was in the area to look me up. I also began to tell her all sorts of things, some of which was embarrassing, and began to become a little flirtatious and scurrilous, bordering on being offensive, but she took it like a champ and a friendship formed. Then when Hasbro sued Scrabulous, it was removed from facebook and our contact pretty much ended, so I thought.

Then in July, I get an email stating that she was in St. George with her sister and asked if I lived close enough to come by. Hell yeah, I was, and we planned a trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon. We only drove thru Zion and I had some knee issues so I had to do Bryce in crutches, which was not as hard as I thought it would be. I was able to most of the trails, except Rainbow Point.

I was late picking her up because I was looking for snakes on the back roads on way up. I told that I saw 5 (3 blacktails, 1 mojave, and 1 d-back). She acted as if she cared, but I could tell that she wasn't impressed. She was, however, impressed with the canyons, as was I. She was a vegetarian, which means that I had to be a vegetarian too that weekend. She also reminded me of all the acerbic and embarrassing things that I said in the past, some of which I forgot about. I told her that if I knew that we were going to meet, then I would have never of said those things. She was cool about it.

Anyway, after we parted, she ended up working and living in West Chester PA, which is close to my hometown and we saw each other a few more times. She then got married to a New Yorker and was supposed to move to Florence, AZ, but I've lost contact with her. Anyway, that's my triplog. Hopefully, I'll make it up to Bryce again in 2014.
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Sep 15 2007
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Second Water Trail #236Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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I found some old photos of a hike that I did in my 6 years ago. I remember seeing 6 d-backs and one gopher snake, so some photos are missing and might be added later if found. I also remember that it was the first time I saw a tailless whip scorpion and thought that it was rad. Now, I see those things all the time and don't pay much attention to them.

Also, the photos somewhat got smaller. Oh well.
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Jul 24 2007
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Umpstead State ParkCentral, NC
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I found these old photo, and a lot more photos, that I thought were lost forever on my photobucket account. I was visiting my mom who was in the hospital recovering from a stroke. Between visits, I would hit Umstead State Park to do a little herping. I didn't have much time, so I lot of my photos were rushed and not good quality, at least in my opinion. Nonetheless, I had fun.

In a previous trip to Umstead that I did with my mom, we saw a huge copperhead, 3 black ratsnakes, a black racer, and a plethora of box turtles, skinks, and toads. Unfortunately, my mom and I left the camera in the car.

During my short stay in NC, I discovered where I'd have the best chance to find Eastern hognosed snakes, but my time in NC ran out, but that's okay because I plan to go back someday as North Carolina is a great place to visit with lots to do.
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Pinaleno Mountains - GET #10Tucson, AZ
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My computer crashed and I lost most of the pictures that I took that day, but was able to recover these pics. I don't remember exactly where I saw the mountain lion because I was lost when I saw it. The gartersnake was on the base of the mountain near Fort Grant.
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May 26 2006
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Southeast and Northeast RimBig Bend, TX
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Better late than never...

There are two reasons why I decided to type this triplog:

1) Because I think all photosets that have a mountain lion should have a triplog - except those photos that came from the zoo or a trailcam. That's cheating! Those people should be ashamed of themselves. They probably cheat at checkers and root for the Patriots.

2) Also, I want to ask about Instagram (yeah, you probably see that one coming).

Anyway, the whole reason that I went to Big Bend Nat'l Park is because I wanted to see a puma. I was talking to my friend, A.H., and I asked him if he ever saw a mountain lion. He said, "yeah." Then I asked him where. He said, "Flagstaff and Big Bend." Here's how the conversation went:

Me: Have you ever seen a mountain lion?
AH: Yeah.
Me: Where at?
AH: Flagstaff and Big Bend.
Me: Is Big Bend cool?
AH: Yeah.

I was sold. I did my research on Big Bend and kind of knew where I was going and what to see. I just got my first digital camera for my birthday and I hardly used it, so I wanted to try it out. It was a Fuji 3-zoom ($80), I believe.

I stay for 3 days and put a lot of miles on my shoes there. I mainly hiked in the morning and rested during mid-day and hiked in the evening. I met a family that was stranded on one of the trail near the hotel. They were about a half mile away from the hotel. It was 2 old ladies who got tired and a guy was their son and was a bit older than I. They needed me to guide them because I had a flashlight as it was getting dark. My batteries died in my camera, which sucked because I saw a plethora of vinegaroons and scorpions - I think they were Texas burrowing scorpions. I also saw a plethora of javelinas that were not shy and came within 4ft of me.

They thanked me for the assistance, and since they were southern, offered me to stay with them and food and stuff. I declined. The guy, since he was roughly my age, wanted to join me on some hikes. I thought that was okay, except I began to follow me around EVERYWHERE the next day. I got weirded out and told him that I'd meet him at 3pm to hike with him later that day and ditched him.

On my last hike, I left mid-day and hoped to see a puma. I passed two backpackers, and within 15 seconds heard some deer huffing at me. Oddly, when I was walking away, they were huffing louder and followed me a bit and stopped. When I looked back at the deer, I saw a young mountain lion just sitting there about 20ft from the trail, looking all dumpy-lookin' in the tall grass. (See photo) I did a double-take and thought, "Aren't mountain lions supposed to be elusive?" [New paragraph]

I guess the deer were trying to warn me about the mountain lion and that I was dangerously approaching it. It actually looked fake to me because it sat so still. I back-tracked to get a better photo because I knew if I didn't get a good photo, no one would believe me.

Without disturbing it too much, I spent about a minute or two getting my photos and left soon after. I was curious what the lion did after I left. When I returned, I saw the deer huffing nervously and the mountain lion laying in the grass. By the way, I've never heard deer huff that like before, so it shocked me when I heard it and didn't know what it was.

At the end of the hike, I saw my stalker near the trailhead, as if he was waiting for me. At least this time, I was stoked and would have been happy to see the Westboro Baptist Church protesting my grandma's funeral at this point. I told him, and later his family, about the lion encounter. They were impressed. He stated that he was on the same trail and just got finished his hike and was looking for them.

Anyway, I also saw a mojave rattler on the road and some other stuff but lost a lot of my photos due to a computer crash. The end...

Part 2:
What's up with Instagram? I was told that I should go on it to post my photos. I tried to sell my photos through istock and another site (I think it was shutterfly), but you have to take a test before submitting photos, and I failed. People told me that Instagram would expand my world a bit and help me get connections. I always saw instagram as a website for teenagers and an excuse for insecure women to pretend to be celebrities by posting endless selfies to get positive affirmations because they got sucked into our westernized cultural ideation that bases a woman's self-worth on her appearance and not her achievements or inner-strengths.

Anyway, I figured that I should give it a try. The internet can never have too many snake photos, and I'd be happy to help spread the joy.
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