Tuesday, March 15, 2011

nose to nose with a "ratt'lr"... holy diamond back

deciding to find a new smells and new trails, i got out my favorite book..."best hikes with dogs" and convinced M and S that we needed a long hike to get back into shape from our winter jaunts. S found a great trail in the Cleveland National Forest, not too far from our home. packed up our hiking gear and off we headed toward Lake Elsinore, we've never been there before. M got excited to find that there were "geocaches" all over those hills. saddly, when we arrived...she had forgotten to up-load the gps coordinates from the geocache website.. "it''s okay M, we'll be back."

with M and S carrying our lunches and the other goods, i went bare back... and was able to just sniff and enjoy the trail.

the canyon was beautiful, winding through cottonwoods, elders, oaks, and lots of shade as it followed San Jaun Creek, i was able to get plenty of water and cool off the paws.

we began to climb out of the canyon into hillsides full of sage brush and rocks. that is when it happened....
M saw a little side trail area that looked to have some cool shade and grass. it also had several large boulders with cracks and crevices. just as i was looking around ready to find a place to settle....i heard a sound...we all heard a "the" sound. i saw something curled in the crack just a nose length from me, i was going to give it a good sniff...then i hear S shouting "jesse no!" and M scream out "jess here!" the sound of their voices made the hairs on my neck rise right up. i turned away and headed to M who could only mutter, "not good jesse, not good," i think she was a little in shock. i've heard that "sssttttsstt" many times in the "yotie's" canyon, just wanted to see what always made that sound, it was right here, i only had to move about a foot closer. oh well, i think maybe it wasn't good since M and S are still talking about it with gasping breath.  

I was sure glad to have this stream on the way back to the car... ooo, that feels good, a little cold on the more sensitive areas... ha!

rattlesnake vaccinations? M and Dr. So. believe that if you are at a super high risk it won't harm you to get one, otherwise they feel to wait until the need. here is a q & a website that can answer some questions your pack leader may have about the vaccine and another article about bites in general.

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