Hunting the Snake

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Seems like I have been gone from home forever, but it has only been five weeks.  This morning, I woke with the sun.  It came up out of the East at 7 a.m. and I was ready to get up.  It is going to be a fabulous day!

My plans for today were to do nothing but lay around and take walks with Yuma.  Just a lazy day.

Coyote Mountain is the mountain descending from the left and behind it are the Santa Rosa Mountains.

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Santa Rosa Mountains just outside my door to the north.

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The tail end of the Santa Rosa Mountains.  You can see the road off to the right I came down from the badlands on when I arrived yesterday.

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For the most part, my day went as planned.  Short walks and rest. 

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Then at 2 Yuma and I walked West towards Coyote Mountain.  I had not planned to go far, but before long we were following a trail leading up and along the mountain.  That Yuma can sniff out a trail.

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We’re pretty high up on Coyote Mountain looking down on the RVs parked in the desert.  Off in the distance I can see Font’s Point jutting out at the very right of the photo.

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As we walked further South toward the lower end, I thought, well while we are this close to the snake, lets go find it.  And that’s what we did.  We ended up walking four miles today.  Not what I planned at all.

Yuma is making sure I don’t get lost way up here.

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When I caught up with Yuma and looked over the last ridge and looked down, there it was, a huge snake made of stones crawling along on the valley floor.  It was around 3 in the afternoon, and the sun was hitting the little valley just perfectly.

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When it was time to go home, Yuma lit out like he was on fire.  He didn’t care if I got lost or not.  I was on my own.

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We headed back towards the RV, but in a more direct route.  We were getting tired.  When we got back, Yuma jumped on the bed and took a nice long siesta.  He was one tired puppy.

End of another beautiful day!

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See you later.

18 comments:

  1. Those are some very cool pictures! It's a good thing Yuma is there to take care of you. It seems like you've been gone forever here, too. Glad you're finally having some really nice weather.

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  2. Thanks Dolly. Glad for the great weather. Does seem like a long time. May have to come home early this year.

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  3. Amazing - no matter how far you hike, Yuma always seems to know the way Home - and also when it's time to call it a day !

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    1. Morning Moonfly. He's the one that wears me out, but he only has to rest when we get home. I've got things to do. I love him anyway. He keeps me young.

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  4. Love that area, gonna check it out again, we found the big snake last year, enjoy this wonderful; weather now.

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    1. It is a nice area with lots to do. Hope the weather holds out.

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  5. That area is on our bucket list. Great photos

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    1. Little out of the way of everything, but a beautiful place to stay for awhile. Lots of interesting stuff to do around here. Will keep you busy.

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  6. Really great pics, Doug! Just now catching up on your travels. Sounds like you're having a wonderful time. Yay!

    Jesse

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    1. Thanks, Jesse. Having a good time and the weather has warmed up nicely. Had a chill down for about a week. Hope all is going well with you and Jan.

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  7. I always enjoy hiking up the Coyote Mountain trail to the Valley of the Great Stone Snake and each year there seems to be a few more other stone creations there. Great exercise for aging legs.

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    1. Nice destination for a short hike. Just hard enough to get a little exercise, but not kill me.

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  8. As usual, your pictures are so beautiful! And i love the stone art! I am not surprised one bit that you got carried away on one of your walks and it turned into a hike! :)

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    1. It is beautiful here. Nice place, out of the way, but lots to do. Keep those Keats pictures coming.

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  9. You are taking some amazing pictures, Doug. I love to see our dogs run like that, they know how to stretch their legs. That snake is awesome, we'll have to check it out another year.
    Enjoy!

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    1. Yuma is just at the age where running is what he does. Luckily, he stops once in awhile so I can catch up. Be sure to keep this place in your plans.

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  10. Great pictures of the Snake and surrounding area.
    We'll add it to our list for next year.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Thank you. Be sure to keep this destination in mind. Fun place to visit with lots of things to see and do.

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