Rattlesnake Encounter

I got up about 5:30 and was out the door a little before 6:00 to go to the American River Bend Park.  I didn’t have an agenda in mind; just wanted some outdoor exercise before it got too hot and muggy.

Not a lot to see out there today; all the critters must have been sleeping in.  I did get to see several different kinds of Woodpeckers, and had a tiny damselfly land on my hand.  But the big “to do” was over a large Rattlesnake that I encountered when I was walking through the picnic area.  I expect those guys to be pretty well camouflaged and nestled in against rocks or fallen trees… but this one was sitting all coiled up in the dried grass, right out in the open.  And he didn’t make a sound, so it was a good thing I saw him and didn’t step on him.  He wasn’t huge – had a “4-button” rattle – but I still made sure not to disturb him.

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I walked for about 2 ½ hours and then went back to the car.  On the way home, I picked up a few things at the grocery store, including some grapes called “Witches’ Fingers”: long thin grapes that kind of look like purple chili peppers.  They’re really sweet.  I was surprised by them.  When I took them to the checkout stand the bag-boy looked them over and said, “WHAT are these?”  When I told him they were grapes he said he’d go check them out during his break.

Home-again, home-again, and I unpacked everything, went through my photos for the morning, and did some journaling… all before noon.  My kind of Sunday.