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Aug 21 2016
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Go John Trail - CCRPPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.10 Miles 1,260 AEG
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After meeting a friend in Buckeye, I drove up to Cave Creek to hike Go John. I never hiked it at night. It was okay, nothing special, except the cool glasses that I found which really made me look intellectual. It was very buggy. I experienced gnats in AZ for the first time. They weren't that bad. I saw a lot of sun spiders on the trail, about a dozen. I didn't know they were so common in Cave Creek. Saw a few tarantulas, which was expected, and a diamondback.
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Aug 19 2016
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Weekes WashPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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My original plans canceled, so I decided to do a full moon hike. Nothing but me and nature as the moon lit up the night sky. No flashlight, no cellphone, no camera... just me and the desert. :)
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Aug 15 2016
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Cat Peaks LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Not much of a hike, but I did see 4 different snake species. I started out before sunrise and didn't see anyone until the end.

Now that my snake count is burgeoning, my online dating profile has been blowing up. Unfortunately, my efforts of bringing snakes back into pop culture is a slow process and not everyone is hip on herping. Take this scenario for example:

Typical date convo:

Date: So what do you like to do?
Me: Go herping.
Date: What's that?
Me: It's when you go outside and look for snakes.
Date: That's weird.
Me: What do you like to do?
Date: Play Pokemon Go.
Me: What's that?
Date: It's when you go outside and look for computer animated creatures with your cellphone and throw imaginary balls at them.
Me: Oh, that's not weird.

Anyway, that wasn't a real conversation, but it very well could've been. So far my snake total for 2016 is 232. I have to stay local this weekend but hope to get out and explore some new area these coming weekends.
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Aug 14 2016
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Lost Goldmine Trail - Cloudview to LG THPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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The desert is now crawling with baby snakes, and people across the nation are online blogging about how blessed Arizona is with a new generation of snakes arriving on the scene.

:worthy:
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Aug 05 2016
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.50 Miles 583 AEG
Hiking4.50 Miles   2 Hrs      2.25 mph
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I started the hike at 92 degrees. I saw a large coachwhip around 8am in the middle of the trail wait for someone to take its photo, but I tripped walking toward it, and it took off, so I wasn't able to get a decent shot. I had to cut my hike short because I was supposed to workout with my friend at the gym, but she canceled due to some neck pain.

I saw that it rained where I was at, so I returned to the desert to scout out for more animals. I only walked a mile or so, but found a few spadefoots in the wash. Then I came across a juvie long-nosed snake, my 199th snake of the year! :y:

When I caught the snake, I immediately saw a pincushion cactus in bloom. I didn't want to waste any space on HAZ, so I decided to photograph them together.

Awesome outing! I knew mailing that chain letter in 1995 would pay off eventually.
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Aug 01 2016
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Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.10 Miles 340 AEG
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August is here, and its prime time for snake hunting. August 1st started off well with a couple of baby long-nosed snakes, a couple of night snakes, and add a Gila monster in the mix to round out a near perfect morning hike. I'm up to 190 snakes this year.

I really thought that I was a unique character on HAZ because I look for snakes and pick up mice by hand, but I found the term, "Impostor Syndrome", which basically states that people feel like impostors within their own skin and often feel that they don't deserve what they've accomplished. This is mainly due to seeing the flaws in oneself but not the flaws in others.

Basically, we all have flaws, odd behaviors, and weird thoughts that we hide from the outside world, so we are all fundamentally the same, which means you all secretly look for snakes and are picking up mice by hand and are hiding it from each other. Stop hiding and free yourselves from the prison you created from your inadequacies.

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Jul 24 2016
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Sabino Canyon RoadTucson, AZ
Tucson, AZ
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Hiking5.40 Miles 600 AEG
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I had a late start at Sabino Canyon due to a major accident the I-10 in both directions in the same area. Westbound traffic was backed up worse.

Anyway, it was hot and dry at Sabino. I didn't see much, and it would've been better if I went somewhere else. the bats and the canyon tree frogs were out in full force. Everything else was not.
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Jul 19 2016
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Blevins TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking7.30 Miles 340 AEG
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I didn't see much this hike. I found a plethora of scorpions in a local flipping area. I found one scorpions eating a wolf spider, which is good luck.

As I walking the desert, my good luck did come true in the form of 2 baby coachwhips. :) Both coachwhips were within a few feet from each other, so I assume that they were siblings. I tried to pose them for a quick family portrait, but only one of the siblings was cooperative with me. The other one thought he had more important things to do and left. Also, I'm up to 150 snakes this year. :D
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Jul 08 2016
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Hawes Trail SystemPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking3.50 Miles 400 AEG
Hiking3.50 Miles   1 Hour   32 Mns   2.28 mph
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Had a good hike. Saw 2 snakes. After seeing the 2nd one, I decided to head back. I could've gone further, but 2 snakes is my limit on Fridays. Tomorrow's a different story.
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Jul 07 2016
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.00 Miles 583 AEG
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I noticed that July hasn't produced a lot of long-nosed snake sighting, so I stepped up my game and found 2 this morning. The photos were terrible, but I was pressed to keep moving cause of the heat. Plus, I had to attend a bed bug training for my job in Phoenix. I also found, by accident, a pincushion cactus in bloom.
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Jul 05 2016
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Bulldog Canyon via FR3554Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.30 Miles 534 AEG
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Looked for snakes, worked out at the gym, went on a lunch date, then went to work. She said that she didn't like snakes. I took that as a challenge.
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Jul 04 2016
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Bulldog Canyon LoopPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2016
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Hiking4.60 Miles 600 AEG
Hiking4.60 Miles   1 Hour   38 Mns   2.82 mph
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Did a little hunting in NE Mesa for some critters. I had to hurry. I got a late start and didn't put any sun screen on. I didn't expect to find much, and I didn't, but it was still nice to get out before the heat.
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Jun 29 2016
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Meridian TrailPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Hiking4.10 Miles 140 AEG
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I went on my morning jog after my vacation in Idaho. Saw my 3rd gila monster on the trail minding its business. I wasn't too hot. I did stop a lot to look for snakes and such. I also caught a desert iguana that was stuck in a bush. I saw my first lesser nighthawk this year a few months ago, but this time, I was able to photograph one this time.
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Jun 28 2016
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Boise River Greenbelt, ID 
Boise River Greenbelt, ID
 
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I visited Boise for a spell to see what this state has to offer. Things I learned on my trip around Idaho:

1) There's no direct way to get to your destination in Boise because there's construction and closures everywhere and the city was poorly planned.

2) Because the city roads are horrible, it was easier to walk or bike. As a consequence, the people drove less and was in MUCH better shape in Boise than in Phoenix. I also heard that their mass transit system wasn't good either.

3) Many of you high-country, camp firin', meat-eatin', granola types would thrive up here.

4) ATVs are extremely common here.

5) West Idaho looks like Glacier National Park without the bears.

Speaking of bears, it was depressing to see such pristine grizzly bear country without any grizzlies. :(

On day 1, I hiked and stayed in Crouch, a small blue collared town surrounded by wilderness and ranches and rusty tractors. I hiked Station Creek Trail. Twas okay. At a campsite, I saw a bald eagle. but that's about it.

On day 2, my friend and I went to McCall, a more liberal town. It reminded me of a small Flagstaff with a new age twist and no university or drunks asking you for money. We hiked to Granite Lake, saw a few dead garter snakes on the road, some interesting birds, and moose and bear scat/tracks, but that's about it. I tossed my banana peel in the fire pit at the campsite and a deer walked within 10ft of me and ate my banana peel. I didn't know deer ate banana peels.

On day 3, we drove to Stanley and found out that Stanley is one of the coldest places in the lower 48. I hike to Yellow-Belly Lake and some other lakes. I saw a plethora of antelope, a coyote, and other animals not worth mentioning.

On day 4 & 5, we stayed at Ketchum, Sun Valley, and the surrounding area. There was a bike festival. Ketchum is a ski town with a lot of people in their 30s who looked like they listen to classic rock, especially The Grateful Dead. It was okay, but wildlife here was scarce. I was looking for pine martens, but they are pretty much impossible to find.

I spend the last day and a half in Boise. I walked the Boise River Greenbelt, found a gopher snake behind a hospital, saw a plethora of geese and wood ducks, white surgeons and trout, and visited the Ann Frank Memorial. I also went downtown to visit The Spacebar, which is a bar that you can play video games at. They were giving away free pizza (no tip required either), which is common there, but not common anywhere else in the world. I didn't eat it because I'm on a diet. Plus, I know that Idaho isn't known for their pizza. I had a tofu sushi roll instead, which was tasty.

The tap water tasted great! The river looked clean and was clean. People swam in the river. I saw beaver lodges all along the river. The town's people did need a make-over. Beards, hairy side-burns, thrift store grunge-type clothes, and thin body types seem to be the norm.

Overall, the trip was good. I wish that I'd had seen more wildlife. Wildlife seems to be more concentrated in McCall and Stanley. If I'd go back, I'd handle the trip differently and avoid Ketchum and Crouch.
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Jun 12 2016
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Joshua Tree National Park TrailsInland, CA
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I went to Joshua Tree National Park this weekend. I had nothing going on in the East Valley, and I didn't want to go up north and possibly run into you guys - no offense (just kidding, take offense).

I've never been to the park in June and wanted to see what was different about June from the other months. I like to explore areas at different times of the year to see how the flora and fauna respond to each season.

June is a lot like May, but with some key difference. First off, the park has fewer visitors in June and that might alter the behaviors of some animals. Secondly, there were fewer flowers. I didn't see any chuckwallas, and I saw fewer lizards over all, with the exception of geckos and desert spiny lizards. In fact, the key difference that make June unique from any other month at Joshua Tree is that there were a plethora of desert spiny lizards everywhere. June is when they pair up and they were out in full force.

Another difference is that the snakes were coming out very late at night (mostly after 10pm) because the days were longer. The temps were between 84 and 90 degrees where I was at - not too hot. I didn't get much love from the park this month, as animals were tougher to find than usual. Staying up until 2am and getting up at 5am is not fun, but if I don't photograph the snakes, then who will?

Snake sightings (2016):

- Gophersnakes: 18
- Sidewinders: 19
- Dbacks: 21
- Kingsnakes: 9*
- Ground Snake: 1
- Threadsnake: 1
- Coachwhips: 13
- Night Snakes: 7
- Spotted Leaf-nosed: 3
- Lyre snakes: 3
- Checkered garters: 2
- Patch-nosed: 5
- Long-nosed: 3
- Shovel-nosed: 8*
- Speckled Rattler: 3
- Sand snake: 2
- Glossy snake: 2
- Terrestrial Garter Snake: 4

Total = 124 :D

*The most that I've ever seen in one year.
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May 23 2016
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Joshua Tree National Park TrailsInland, CA
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I was supposed to go to Houston to meet a friend this weekend and teach her how to go herping, but she went to Egypt this month for business, so I decided to go to Joshua Tree on Monday. Had an awesome time at JTNP! Saw 11th snakes and got my 100th snake of the year. :y: I spent exactly 26 hours in and near the park. The park was relatively empty.

The highlight of the trip was seeing a pocket gopher. The first pocket gopher that I saw in March was super mellow and let me photograph him up close. This pocket gopher was not so mellow. I saw him while I was hiking and ran after it. When I caught up to it, he turned on me and started chasing me. He attacked my feet, but pocket gophers are slow, so it was easy to dodge him. He hissed and chirped but then mellowed out. After I was done with him. He began to follow me like a lost puppy. If I walked left, he walked left. If I turned right, he turned right. He stopped when I stopped and even walked backwards as if doing the moonwalk. I then ran and he did not or could not keep up.

I saw 4 shovel-nosed snakes, which was weird because I don't see them too often. The lyresnake was cool too and easy to photograph and pose. I also saw my first glossy snake.

This was one of my better trips to the park, even though I didn't see any sidewinders. I wasn't sure how it would turn out but it seem to turn out well. The temps at Joshua Tree seem to be cooler than usual, but the temps were just right when I was there.
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May 21 2016
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Pima Wash - South MountainPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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I felt like garbage today. I stayed out too late yesterday, woke up too early today, and I need double the caffeine just to keep my brain from shutting down. Nonetheless, I did muster up enough brain cells to be somewhat productive today and went on an average hike. I was supposed to do a moonlight photo shoot with my friend today, but she canceled, so I went hit Pima Canyon, or whatever that area of South Mtn is called.

I only brought one lens because I was too lazy. I managed to come across 2 patchnosed snakes, and toward the end of the hike, a dback. The 1st patchnosed snake was BIG. I figured large patchnosed snakes would get eaten or killed by people, but this one appeared to be doing well. The rattler did not rattle. I thought that was a good thing, since there were folks nearby. South Mountain is looking very dry. Snake count is at 89. I hope to break 100 by June and a call from the president congratulating me on my accomplishments. :D
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May 17 2016
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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I'm actually a lazy hiker and wildlife photographer. If I don't find what I'm looking for (sometimes, I don't know what that is), then I'll leave. I look for stuff in plain view, and generally on the trail, and never take more than 5 minutes photographing an animal. I'm usually done in a minute or less. I use the auto setting on the camera, so most of my good photos are because I have a decent camera. Also, I tend to return to the same areas, but you all probably figured that out.

Anyway, today's hike was cool. I saw my 8th coyote, but I didn't have correct lens to photograph it. I saw 2 kingsnakes and a few lizards, one was a desert iguana, but it was too fast to photograph. I'm not sure what's up with the 5 kingsnake sighting this month, but I'm diggin' it. I don't consider the east valley a hot spot for kingsnakes, but maybe I'm wrong. It's odd that certain years have certain species that are more prevalent than other years. I think I'm done surveying Jacob's Trail for now. I'll probably hit Goldfield Oven Loop this week (a HAZ favorite) to see what critters I've been missing.

Snake count is at 86 :)
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May 15 2016
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Jacob's Trail #58Phoenix, AZ
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Ok, I didn't expect to see 5 snakes today, let alone a kingsnake. I actually didn't want to go hiking this morning, but I had nothing better to do. My snake finding skills were great day, but my photography skills were not.

Snake sightings (2016):
- Gophersnakes: 16
- Sidewinders: 16
- Dbacks: 18
- Kingsnakes: 3
- Ground Snake: 1
- Threadsnake: 1
- Coachwhips: 12
- Night Snakes: 6
- Spotted Leafnosed: 3
- Lyresnakes: 2
- Checkered garters: 2
- Patchnosed: 1
- Long-nosed: 1
- Shovel-nosed: 2
- Speckled Rattler: 1
Total = 84 :)
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May 10 2016
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Meridian WashesPhoenix, AZ
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I did a quick run thru the desert to look for snakes. I have to be home before 9am, so I was in a rush. I found nothing, but toward the end, I flipped a rock and found my first threadsnake. I would have missed it but it was next to a scorpion that I was eyeing, which was under the same rock.
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