Well, this critter growled at me and although it may look rather small, it is a known man-killer. OK, maybe not and I have searched in vain for a rattler but so far only a couple of other types of snakes. It took me one day to adjust my routine. No more hiking in the mid day heat, which is stupid. Instead, "she who must be obeyed" and I joined a group and hiked up Blackett's Ridge out of Sabino Canyon on Tuesday. We were the last to arrive at the peak and being somewhat competitive, I was grinding my teeth watching the others walk away but I was a good hubby, which I can be in rare situations.
Then, on Wednesday, I hiked the Pusch Ridge trail and that is the real deal. Don't have to worry about rattlers on that trail cause it is so steep, the snakes would just roll down the hill. This is a friggin steep trail with 2600' of elevation gain in 2 miles. I hit the trail at 6:00am, had a nice hike in the shade all the way to the summit. Ran in to a local who described an enormous water catch that was helicoptered in to the area somewhere east in the mid 1950's and recently there has been some activity around it and he speculated they will close the trail, reintroduce mountain lions and they'll have a water source.
Somewhere below the summit with great views and of course, up here, the temps are not too bad.
The moon rises over the Catalina Mountains. The sun drops below the horizon around 7:30 so very early as we are on the extreme east side of the western time zone but the sun rises around 5:00am. The activity schedule ramped up late in the week, including a successful assault on Mount Lemmon (5400' of climbing in the first 19.5 miles) a visit to a