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Published: April 14th 2010
His head is over to the left.... you see him? We could see the tip of his little rattler earlier....
When I wrote the other day, I left out a VERY important detail... we saw our first rattlesnake! Turns out it's a regular at the Palatka ruins. They have even named the little guy. I was able to get some pics of him - his name is Jake. It makes us a bit nervous that they are coming out now, but we have walking sticks that we are carrying with us now. Hopefully they will provide enough protection should we need it....
So yesterday we went on a 5+ mile hike into Boynton Canyon. It was so lush with trees! Looking at those red rock towers through all the trees was kind of surreal. The views weren't as impressive as some of the previous ones we have experienced, but they were still beautiful. It was a great hike, the last quarter mile or so almost straight up rocks to a slanted mesa where we sat for lunch and enjoyed the view of the box canyon we were in. There was a cute little bird that was obviously knew the drill when it came to tourists. I threw out a couple pieces of bread and he was right on it. I wish
Seeing the rock through the trees, especially so close, was really a sight!
we had gotten some better pictures - his side was white speckled and his tail feathers were pretty long. At any rate, heading down that rocky hill was pretty difficult, but we all, including Allie got through it just fine - no blood, no broken bones. That's the rules. We were definitely done by the time we got back to the truck. All of us were pretty sore. Got home and had a nice relaxing afternoon while the wind rocked the trailer somethin fierce! We had some very serious gusts that really had me concerned, but we didn't go anywhere. it was all good. We all slept great last night!
Got up this morning and went for a walk just down the hill from here along a river. It was pretty short, which was quite fine with all of us. It was a great river, calm in places, little waterfalls in others, pretty good rapids in others. We walked into a very large field that looked like it might have been an orchard at some point, being taken over by "platypus" cactus. There were a lot of purple wildflowers and this one really pretty white flower. We found some others
Red Rock over trees
I don't mean to be redundant here, but these structures are just so impressive to me...
along the bank of the river but none as pretty as this one. On the way back, Allie was having a blast in the water - running and jumping and biting at it. This was an area where the river came together from two separate streams. She was running back and forth across one stream and suddenly decided to jump into the other one. She went almost all the way under and had to fight to get back up on shore because of the current. We were just about to run when she got back up. A little surprised, a lot wet, but kept on playing. Surprised the heck out of us. She didn't even try jumping back in that side, but played in the small stream. After a little bit, she ran up on the shore, did a couple of quick turns and down she went, soaking wet into the red muddy sand! Bob and I were laughing so hard we thought we'd split a gut! Allie doesn't get excited about very much, so when she demonstrates this kind of excited emotional display, it kinda throws us for a loop. She had a blast, and was now absolutely FILTHY!
The house on the hill
This gives you another perspective of the size. This house is huge and is dwarfed by that mountain of rock.
We couldn't put her in the truck like this, so I walked her up the hill. Bob gave her a good brushing, but it may be a while before the red dirt comes completely out. We may have to take her in for a bath, but we're hoping that brushing her will get most of it. Anyway, that was our excitement for the day = ) Enjoy the pics!
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