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Jul 25 2017
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Goldfield Hi Country via Gateway CynPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 25 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking4.00 Miles 150 AEG
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These humid days and long hours at work have forced me to hike at night. I'm also going to the Philippines in October, so getting used to being up all night and sleeping during the day would make sense in helping me get used to the jetlag.

Near the start of the hike, a chorus of spadefoots greeted me and called me over to do a short photo shoot. I was happy to oblige, :D but my focus was on finding baby long-nosed snakes as they are NOW out and crawling about looking for their first newborn photos to be featured on HAZ and other social media. :sweat:

I found one baby long-nosed snake within 10 minutes. It wasn't too happy about getting its picture taken, which is common for baby long-nosed snakes and baby humans alike. I kept trunkin' and saw a few more toads that got in my way and found another baby long-nosed snake.

Then I found a diamondback in the bushes. I tried to feed the snake some mice (there were a lot of rodents scattered around) by catching them and tossed them at the snake, but this snake was being lazy and unresponsive, so after the snake passed on rodent #3, I decided to return to the car. On the return, I saw another diamondback, which is a nice way to end the hike.
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Jun 21 2017
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Lost Goldmine Trail - Cloudview to LG THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jun 21 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking6.05 Miles 1,060 AEG
Hiking6.05 Miles
1,060 ft AEG
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I didn't expect to see much on today's hike, mainly because of the heat, but I was thankfully wrong. I saw my 3rd sand snake of the year ( :y: ) and my first tiger rattler of 2017 ( :D ) and first desert tortoise of the year ( :sweat: ) .

To get the best possible photos from my snakes, I will bath them in my hat so they can look their best during their photo shoot. Every snake deserves to be pampered once in a while. When I do this, I noticed that the snakes are drinking the water as well as getting clean. Here's two videos of my models getting cleaned for the photo session free of charge.

Sand snake (6/21/17):
[ youtube video ]

Long nosed snake (6/20/17):
[ youtube video ]

Since I lack a 3rd arm, it's hard to get a good video of this. I obviously don't do this with the rattlers or coral snakes. I also don't do this to gopher snakes and coachwhips because their too skiddish.
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May 23 2017
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Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 23 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking5.40 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking5.40 Miles
600 ft AEG
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I joined a meetup group at Butcher Jones because I had a rare night off and am always up for a night hike. I also had a pass that I needed to use. The horses were there and so was the garbage.

The hike was okay. Nothing special. Afterwards, they were having a picnic. I don't eat processed junk - what most Americans consider food - so I opted out. Plus, since I was snake-less in Colorado, I needed to make up for my absence. I drove to the Salt River and looked around for some snakes. I saw 4 great horned owls and BINGO!!!! A snake. Not just any snake but a coral snake. That made my night, and I was glad I left the group. I didn't see another snake, but I would rather see one coral snake than 10 diamondbacks any day. Well, maybe 9 diamondbacks, but you get the point.

Snakeage for 2017: 119! :y:
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May 14 2017
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Spillway Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar May 14 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking7.70 Miles 305 AEG
Hiking7.70 Miles
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I did a morning hike at Spillway and the surrounding area. It was a perfect day. I didn't know how perfect the morning would have turned out. It never got hot and was perfect to add to my snakeage. Unfortunately, I got there a little later than I wished and only saw one long-nosed snake.

Not satisfied, I returned to the same area at sunset and managed to see a dback right away. Actually, I walked passed this little dback at first, but I forgot my extra flashlight, and on my return back to the car, I spotted the little guy under a bush near the car. :D

Later, I spotted a gopher snake with a lot of enthusiasm and the fattest, plus-sized scorpion that I've ever seen. Scorpions in this area do really well.

Then, I saw a several kangaroo rats. I caught one by hand, but then let it go. Then, I was following one down the trail. I wasn't expecting much, until out from under some bush, I saw the rodent stop abruptly and squeak very loudly. I saw the rodent in the mouth of another dback. It let go the rodent, and the rodent died quickly. And then I watched the dback finish the job and devour the rodent. I've seen thousands of dbacks, but I've never seen one eating in the wild, so this was quite cool for me. 8)
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Apr 24 2017
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Butcher Jones Trail #463Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 24 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking5.40 Miles 600 AEG
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Why are my photosets not being listed on the home page? I really don't think they're that bad.

Most of my triplogs aren't very exciting, and this one is no exception. I hiked, saw 4 cardinals and heard more in the distance, and saw a coachwhip. My snakeage for 2017 is 97 with 11 coachwhips. Saguaros are blooming, and there's construction on the Bush Hwy.

Oh yeah, funny thing did happen on this hike. I caught a whiptail with my baseball hat (that's not the funny part). I thought that I missed it, so I put my hat on and hiked for a few minutes, then saw the coachwhip. I caught the coachwhip with my hat. When I released the coachwhip, the whiptail popped out of my hat as well and took off. Apparently, I did catch it and didn't know it (that's the funny part).
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Apr 09 2017
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Bulldog Canyon via FR3554Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 09 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking10.00 Miles 1,534 AEG
Hiking10.00 Miles
1,534 ft AEG
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A solid day of snaking. I found 3 snakes, one was under some fiberglass. I also rescued a whiptail from a beer can. I'm terrible with video recording, but here's the video of the lizard that was trapped in the can.

[ youtube video ]
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Apr 04 2017
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Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 04 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking13.00 Miles 400 AEG
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400 ft AEG
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A very productive day today. I saw 7 snakes today. 8 Snakes are in the photoset. The last snake in the photoset was seen on Sunday at a different location, but I didn't feel like making a new photoset just for one photo. I saw so many snakes today that I might take tomorrow off (just kidding). :D

Why am I finding so many long-nosed snakes? :-k
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Mar 29 2017
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Bulldog Canyon via FR3554Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 29 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking5.00 Miles 534 AEG
Hiking5.00 Miles   3 Hrs      1.67 mph
534 ft AEG3 LBS Pack
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I had a great time snaking today. I checked my boards and found what you see in the photoset. Unfortunately, someone was snooping around my other boarding spot and didn't put the boards back. Probably one of you guys trying to steal my thunder. :x

Luckily that board line doesn't produce much of anything, so I wasn't too worried, but still, I'm going to find out who it was and give their HAZ profile a nasty yelp review.

Anyway, my car is out of the shop (someone backed into it), so I'll be going to Joshua Tree NP this weekend, and then I have a date with this chica on Sunday (more snakes = more dates). She only speaks Spanish, so I have to learn Spanish in 4 days. : rambo :
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Mar 20 2017
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Goldfield Ovens LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 20 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking7.75 Miles 775 AEG
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775 ft AEG
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I returned to Goldfield Oven Loop for a 2nd round this year because on the first round, I only saw one snake and minimal wildlife. I was not satisfied with seeing one snake on this hike (and neither should you), so I opted to do a little more stomping around in the sand to find more snakes and wildlife.

I did better this round, seeing 5 snakes and my first coachwhip of 2017, who was playing dead when I spotted him but gave me a courtesy bite to let me know that he was still alive.

I ran into a group from Chicago who said they were looking for horses on this hike and saw a bald eagle. They were told that there were no diamondbacks on this hike, probably from one of you all. Shame on you! :x I didn't see any horses on the hike but saw them along the road on the way out.

Unofficial snake count 2017:
- Rosy boas: 11
- Dbacks: 8
- Red Dbacks: 6
- Ringneck: 1
- Blackheads: 7
- Night snakes: 3
- Coachwhips: 1
- Sidewinders: 4
- Spotted Leafnosed: 1
Grand total: 42
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Feb 12 2017
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Palo Verde Trail #512Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Feb 12 2017
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking7.40 Miles
Hiking7.40 Miles   4 Hrs      1.85 mph
3 LBS Pack
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This trail was okay. It's the equivalent of Butcher Jones Trail along Saguaro Lake. Lots of costa hummingbirds and side-blotched lizards here. I saw my first Lazuli bunting.
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Dec 10 2016
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Hawassa Ethiopia, WW 
Hawassa Ethiopia, WW
 
Walk / Tour avatar Dec 10 2016
gummoTriplogs 221
Walk / Tour25.00 Miles 1,000 AEG
Walk / Tour25.00 Miles
1,000 ft AEG
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1st trip
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Screen name: Gummo (indoor and outdoor use only)
Destination: Ethiopia (Addis Ababa, Bishoftu, Hawassa Lake & Dubai)
Dates away: Dec 2nd to Dec 14th.
Reason: To do something different and get a change of scenery because I need a break from work, politics, Americans, and American culture.
Mission: To go outside my comfort zone, see the world beyond my borders, eat exotic food, drank real coffee, and avoid getting sick.
Mood: Happy but uneasy
Weather: mid to upper 70s (even in Dubia)
Mode of Transportation: Emirites Airlines, minibus, walking, cabs, and tour bus.
Highlights: 1) Alem - my travel partner, interpreter, and future snake hunting partner for next trip (she doesn't know that yet). 2) The food/coffee (holy wow, it was tasty and CHEAP). 3) The women 4) Watched the 1st Season of Mike Tyson Mysteries on the plane 8) 4) The bird life was incredible. 5) I punched a monkey in the face (more on that later).
Lowlights: 1) I got sick and developed a cough. 2) Wifi was terrible. 3) My phone got messed up and is still not working right. 4) I got harassed by armed guards and people for photographing birds. 5) Firsthand look at habitat loss in the Savannah :cry: 6) I was constantly get hit up for money or food and cab drivers were trying to rip me off. 7) Nobody knew where anything was and directions were not always accurate. 8 ) Air pollution
Song: Warhead by U.K. Subs ( [ youtube video ] )
Fun fact about me: I increase my willpower by eating only one Lay's potato chip in the each day.
Things I learned in Ethiopia: 1) They have their own calendar and their day starts at 0hrs at 6am. 2) Many Ethiopians fast (meaning they do not eat dairy or meat, but I'm not sure if that included fish) a month before Xmas, which is Jan. 7th in Ethiopia and not Dec. 25th. 3) All the men dress the same - tight pants and a casual shirt. 4) Soccer is just as boring there as it is here. 5) The higher society's standard of living is, the more they will care about animals. 6) Cars have the right-of-way there over pedestrians.

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So I get a random message from this lovely girl named Alem telling me that she likes my photos and that I should come to Ethiopia. I know this sounds weird and the start of one of those horror films that are half in subtitles, but it's not weird to me. I get a lot of foreigner women who contact me, mostly from Brazil, to the point where it is routine. I don't answer all of them, and some of the girls are not real or who they say they are.

After chatting with her for a few months and bombarding her more snake photos than her eyes wished to see, I got the feeling that she was the real deal, and I can go there with aplomb that she'll be there and that we'd get along. I was right. I got my shots, passport, hotel, and plane ticket ($1125), and I was off. I also was supposed to see two other people, but they had prior commitments and never saw them. I would have seen them on the first day but my connecting flight got canceled.

I first stopped at JFK airport and got a call from People magazine asking me if I wanted to be People's magazine sexist man alive. I told that I was flattered, but I was on my way to Ethiopia and suggested that they give it to The Rock, so they did. Rock, you owe me one. :D

I flew into Dubai and discovered that my flight to Addis Ababa was canceled. I asked an employee what I should do. He pointed and told me, in broken English, to go in THAT line. There were 2 lines. One that at least over 300 people, and another line that had 5 people in it with no signs distinguishing what the lines were. I figured he meant the long line, but I took my chances and went to the small line, which I found out was for first-class customers. The lady behind the counter didn't seem to care that I flew economy, and I was able to get a hotel quickly from her and spent a day in Dubai.

Dubai was cool. I stayed in the hotel area to photograph birds that I've never seen before. The internet was not up to first world standards. I saw that my hotel was close to a wildlife refuge, but by the time that I saw this online, it was too late for me to go there. :(

I flew into Addis Ababa the next day, saw Alem, and got a big culture shock: poverty (beyond what we have), crowds, reduced personal space, pollution, congested traffic, down-to-earth women, et al. I couldn't tell if some of the building were being built or being torn down. Most people spoke English, and all signs were in English, so that was a relief. They learn English in school there.

Because Alem had to work, I had to stay in Addis Ababa for 6 days. I entertained myself by going out into the city with my camera to photograph whatever. I met some opposition. Addis Ababa has a lot of security. Ethiopia is a police state. You don't have to show your passport to every officer you see, but I got harassed when I was photographing birds there. Apparently, they frowned upon having people take photos because there was a riot there a few months ago protesting over property rights.

In the beginning, the security guards, with their AK47s, let me do my thing as long as I was not photographing people or the surrounding area, but soon changed and I got tired of looking over my shoulder every time I pulled out my camera, so I put it away. I met some Europeans with cameras out, and they said that they did not get the same treatment that I did.

On Friday, Alem and I went to resort town called Bishoftu to escape the congestion and craziness of Addis Ababa, but the people in Bishoftu were rude and told me that I needed to pay to take photos. I refused to pay and didn't like the town too much. They were just being greedy.

Alem suggested that we go to Lake Hawassa. It was 5 hours away, so we took a tour bus there. Hawassa was awesome. The people were very friendly, and it was more laid back than the other areas that I've been. It was there that I was able to photograph animals without being harassed. The bird life was amazing. Unfortunately, I got to see habitat loss and overgrazing in an area and along the bus route that was once rich with wildlife. We seriously have too many cattle in this world. Cattle trampled the grass and everything that can get and saw over collecting of plants and firewood. :(

Alem and I got to play with the monkeys. I wanted to do more with the monkeys than I did, but Alem is a millennial and doesn't know how to work a real camera. I had to direct her and tried to get her pose with the monkeys in a certain way. I was only able to get 2 good photos out of the photo shoot.

At Lewi Restaurant, where we had dinner, monkeys would come to your table and steal your food. I saw one monkey eyeing our table when we were eating. These monkeys are quick, and I had a sense that one was going to jump up on our table. I saw one in stealth mode and creeping up to our table. Right when it was about to jump on our table, I instinctively punched it while in the air. He fell back on the ground. I punched him in the face but not intentionally. I didn't hurt the monkey (it wasn't a hard punch), but I did get respect from the customers and wait staff because it was getting out of control and that monkeys would threaten the people too. Later, we were done eating and waiting for the check, the same monkey grabbed a sugar packet when my guard was down, and showed me who was the boss. I'm cool with that.

I did hike at Lake Hawassa and explored some of the woodlands. I don't think they had snakes there because there are too many people. Next visit, I like to explore more of the country side.

At the end of the trip, I had to stay at the Dubai airport for 12 hours. I wasn't able to sleep well there, but I found "their" gym and showers and sauna. It was empty and don't think it was open to the public, but there were no signs and the doors were not locked, so I had my own "private" gym workout and bathroom to relax in.

All-and-all, it was the great trip and am looking forward to returning soon. I'm still messed up due to the time change and my cough has subsided. Next time, Alem told me that she'd take me to the Nile Falls. :)
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Oct 05 2016
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Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Oct 05 2016
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking4.80 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking4.80 Miles   3 Hrs   20 Mns   1.44 mph
400 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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I was able to hit the desert before heading to work. I saw few hikers and some mountain bikers out looking for snakes too. It seems like everyone's looking for snakes this time of year.

I got a late start, but was able to find a dback and a coachwhip. Unfortunately, my camera was inoperable toward the end of my hike. I think my memory card is bad, and it stated that my lens contacts need to be cleaned. I'm not sure. I had to physically catch the coachwhip in my hat to get the photo. Now my hat smells like :yuck: from the snake urine. :?

Besides the snakes, the hike was not too memorable.
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Sep 29 2016
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 29 2016
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking3.80 Miles 100 AEG
Hiking3.80 Miles   2 Hrs      1.90 mph
100 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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Good News!!! Baby snakes are still out! :y: It's not too late to cancel your plans to go up north and take the family out to see them. :)

I combed the washes this morning with a drizzle keeping me cool this morning and came across 3 baby snakes. Temps at the start of the hike was 82F. With the light rain, the temp was 75F at the end of the hike. I didn't see anyone else in the area. I also didn't see a lot of birds either. I had to rush my shots because I was supposed to meet a friend for lunch, but she ended up canceling on me, or I would have stayed out longer.

So far, I'm up to 353 total snakes this year and have seen the most Gila monsters, kingsnakes, lyre snakes, diamondbacks, gopher snakes, coachwhips, long-nosed snakes, patch-nosed snakes, and night snakes this year, along with 2 new species for me: sand snakes and threadsnakes (aka blind snakes). :wlift:
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Sep 22 2016
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Spillway Trail - UseryPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 22 2016
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking3.60 Miles 305 AEG
Hiking3.60 Miles   1 Hour   42 Mns   2.12 mph
305 ft AEG4 LBS Pack
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So I was going to do a night hike the night before to photograph snakes, but I decided to go first thing in the morning instead. I'm glad that I did. I had limited time so I chose Spillway Trail - a trail very popular within the HAZ community and international peakbaggers alike.

I started out at 7:35am. I wanted to start at 6am, but mornings are not too friendly to me.

Within 20 minutes of the hike, I scored well with a daily double: 2 dback hangin' together: my 99th and 100th dback of the year! Awesome year for diamondbacks and East Valley hikers. :D The one dback looks like it ate recently. Both were chill and sat patiently with me until I was satisfied with my shots.

About 10 minutes later, I came across a small coachwhip: my 41st of the year. Good year for coachwhips too. He didn't want to stick around for some glamour shots, so I let him go. Plus, I was pressed for time, so I moved on.

Next snake on the menu was a gopher snake with an interesting head pattern and an "X" on it tail. It was my 41st gopher snake. Still pressed for time, I kept moving and saw another dback a half hour later.

When I was about to call my friend and head back to the car, a large jackrabbit, about 10ft away, ran by me at full speed. About 2 seconds later, a coyote came out of the flora and chased after it at full speed. Coyote also got within 10ft but did a detour when it saw me and took off. I took off after it to get a photo. Unfortunately, it darted under a barbed wire fence and out of sight. I was combing the hillside and found it walking along on top of the hill with another coyote. In addition to the other coyote I saw in the beginning of this hike, I saw 3 coyotes today and 30 total this year.

Overall, a fabulous hike today. I just wish that I had more time.
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Sep 11 2016
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Wild Horse Trail - HawesPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 11 2016
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking3.60 Miles 567 AEG
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Went out on a morning hike before heading to a birthday brunch party for my friend. I saw 3 snakes on the trek. The first snake was a newborn dback. I saw resting in the shade. Instead of photographing it right away, I took my time and was trying to figure out how I can photograph it and experiment with different camera settings.

By the time, I was ready to photograph it, it took off into the debris. I didn't expect it to move so fast. I didn't want to lose the pic, so like a gentlemen, I sifted through the debris to photograph it, but INSTEAD, I found juvenile dback - one that I would not have seen if the first snake didn't take off. So I photographed that one and gave up on the first one.

I later caught a coachwhip, my 38th of the year! I got hot quickly, but I was able to see 3 snakes before the party and see 311 snakes this year, including 90 dback. Only 3 snakes out of 311 were too quick for my camera.
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Lost Dutchman State Park CampgroundPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Sep 08 2016
gummoTriplogs 221
Hiking3.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   3 Hrs      1.17 mph
400 ft AEG2 LBS Pack
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I took advantage of the morning weather to look for newborn snakes and volunteered my services to get their first baby pics. :D Some of the snakes did not appreciate my efforts, but they'll thank me later.

I hunting around Lost Dutchman SP. I saw hikers in the distance, and I assumed they were out doing the same thing I was doing, so I let them be. I saw 4 baby snakes. One was clearly not ready to be photographed. He just got done eating a large meal. He was so stuffed that he couldn't move or even rattle his tail. It looked like he tried to coil, but he probably couldn't strike anyway. He probably used all of his venom on the meal. I didn't want him to throw up just so he can pose properly for the photo, so I let him go.

My favorite snake was the lightly colored gopher snake, though she was a bit too anxiety for me to get decent photos, but it was the lightest colored gopher snake that I've even seen. She was not a newborn. She was at least a year old. A natural blond beauty, but not so good modeling for the camera.

The third snake was very small but had distinct markings. He appeared to be a rut.

The time, distance, and AEG is a guess. I saw 3 snake right away and within a few 100 yards of each other. The last snake, the fat diamondback, was spotted closer to the end of the hike. I think the only reason that I saw it was because it was too fat to move into a hole or take cover.
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Wishbone Junction - Goldfields MtnsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Aug 31 2016
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Hiking7.00 Miles 330 AEG
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Unless I was at the wrong "trailhead" I like to change the description being trail finding skills to 5 out of 5 and 99% bushwhacking with a 1% margin of error. I pretty much gave up on the trail and did my own thing. It rained last night there, but didn't rain where I was at. The rain drew the snakes out, and I, like a good HAZ hiker, cashed in. :D My snake total is up to 261. I finally saw a baby dback locally.
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Bulldog Canyon via FR3554Phoenix, AZ
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I returned to FR3554 to up my snake count and help solidify my place the Herping Hall Of Fame, which I assume will be in the works soon. Until then, we'll all have to patiently wait. :|

Anyway, I didn't find much but found a little sand snake rumbling in the sticks, which is a sweet score. :D I didn't see much of anything else. I did wander upon a coachwhip, my 30th of the year. I may be scared off another coachwhip in the shrubs, but I wasn't sure.

I'm still not seeing any baby dbacks. I'm guessing that they are not out and about in that area or I'll have to go at night.
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Aug 24 2016
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Bulldog Canyon via FR3554Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.50 Miles 534 AEG
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My goal today was to find newborn dbacks. Tis the season : rein : But I didn't find any. :( I spotted a few other baby snakes and a nice adult coachwhip. I posed him on a cactus (his idea, not mine) to get some glamour shots for his portfolio.

Afterwards, I did a little flipping and flipped a pillow and found a dback and a gopher snake with a scorpion resting by it. Quite the day... 8)
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Aug 21 2016
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Goldfield Ovens LoopPhoenix, AZ
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It rained where I was at the day before, so I assumed that it rained in the Goldfields. I was wrong, so when I hit the trail, I was trenching thru the washes ankle-deep in dry sand.

Nonetheless, I spotted 2 tortoises, a dback, and an owl. I wasn't too hot when I ended, so I went back out and found a baby gopher snake. By that time, it got too hot. There wasn't too many tubers on the river. There were a lot of fishermen. I've never hiked this trail in August. It wasn't much different when I hiked it in September.
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