Today I did what is probably my last hike for the season. For the last week or two the temperature has been in the high 90's and for a couple of days got to 102f and that pretty much makes for a miserable hike. Today a cold front moved in and should last a few days so I decided to make the best of it. I had already had plans to meet up with friends for lunch but since the time was moved to later in the afternoon, I canceled and opted for a hike instead.
The Saguaros and the Prickly Pear Cactus are now in bloom and are quite a sight. There are bees everywhere and that's a bit frightening. I have never been stung by a bee so I have no idea how I'll react if it ever happens.
I ran into a rather interesting rattlesnake today. It was completely stretched across the width of the path and like most of my encounters with rattlesnakes, it didn't seem to be alarmed by my presence at all. Always cognisant of the whole Adam, Eve and snake story, I knew better than to trust it so I kept out of striking distance. After a few minutes of watching and photographing, it slowly slithered a few feet off of the trail, poked it's head into some holes as if looking for lunch and seemed to be on it's merry way. Then, as I was continuing on and walked behind it, it suddenly got spooked and coiled up, ready for a strike. The interesting part was that it never rattled once. It just goes to show that you must always expect the unexpected when it comes to critters that bite.
If any more cool days come along, I'll try to get out and enjoy them. I was worried about what I would fill my time with but now that I have my Kindle 2, I'm not as worried anymore. I have 94 books downloaded and ready for reading. I also have the meetups to keep me busy on the weekends.