More forecasted knowledge…

Via NOAA: “WIND GUSTS OF 70 MPH OR GREATER ARE POSSIBLE IN THE MORE WIND-PRONE AREAS… STRONGEST WINDS NEAR MOUNTAIN RIDGE TOPS AND ON ADJACENT DESERT SLOPES… WINDS WILL BEGIN TO WEAKEN LATE SATURDAY
 AFTERNOON…BUT REMAIN GUSTY THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.”

So  that + snow might mean I stay in Idyllwild for Fri-Sat. If there is a safe place to go down the trail 15-20mi… I might see if I can get up early tomorrow morning and make it out of the mountains. We shall see- at least it won’t be 90F! 🙂

 

SSSSsssssssssnake

I will start off saying that I find Snakes to be quite fascinating. The photo below is of a Diamondback and was taken in Eastern Washington in the Umtanum Creek area. I actively searched for one, and they are relatively predictable creatures. Ain’t he/she cute?

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That is until you step on one by accident…

Going by statistics, it is easy to calm yourself as only 2 PCT hikers have ever been bitten, and most rattlesnake bites occur with people aged 19-30 as they drunkenly decide it is a good idea to catch one. “Sixty-five percent of snakebites occur on the hand or fingers, 24 percent on the foot or ankle, and 11 percent elsewhere. One case was reported of a snakebite on the glans penis.” I figure none of that will happen to me. Especially that last one…

But then it happened… I read about the “Mojave Green”…

Then I had the BRILLIANT idea that I would look them up on Wikipedia. The two facts that stood out:

scutulatus is widely regarded as producing one of the most toxic snake venoms in the New World” and…
“This species is classified as Least Concern… due to their wide distribution, presumed large population, or because they are unlikely to be declining fast”

Great.