Here’s the response I got from my snake “friend” about the photo in the last post.
It looks to be to be a young Bull Snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi)…harmless but aggressive, though they can get about 6 feet in length as adults. Go ahead and pick it up so you can get bitten and get it over with just so you’ll know that snakes bites aren’t so bad and are nothing to worry about.
Let me think about that for a bit.
We were excited to be back on the road again after a very cushy month in our rental house. Ominous weather forecasts for the Prescott area didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for returning to the Yavapai Campground in the National Forest there. Our friends, Vern/Ilene Baker, who also own a T@DA, bailed out of joining us, citing weather concerns. Cowards, we thought!
We arrived under darkening skies, picked our favorite campsite and got set up before darkness settled in. Put up our big Thermarest awning, to give us an added bit of shelter (and a great foot-wiping station for Jezzy). Toasted our return to camping life with IPAs.
As the first few raindrops spatter down, we decide to quickly grill the Italian sausages and peppers we planned for dinner. The rain picked up – we put up our rain pole, which helps to keep too much rain from pooling in the awning. “Bring it!”, we foolishly thought.Holy Cow! About six inches of rain later, accompanied by 30mph winds, we called Uncle. The Saturday night forecast called for 3-6 inches of snow above 6000 feet. We were at 5800 feet, with a treacherous downhill road to exit. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a storm like that. We could just see Vern/Ilene smirking at our departure.
Just a bit of an ominous beginning to a couple months of camping.