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1. I submit for your consideration one timber rattler, approximate age 14 years old, who was cooperative enough to let me take these photos of it.



2. A good set of rattles... it acquires a new one each time it sheds. They shed every 1-2 years... 1.4 years on average (thus my age estimate).



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4. I'm glad it was mellow.



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6. The reason I was up there... to see the Pinnacle Mountain Fire Tower



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9. There was a combination of two reasons that stopped me from going to the top. First, the stairs were missing. You can see where the stairs should be there is still a handrail, and brackets for the steps. I was game to climb this, and began doing so. That's when the second factor kicked in... a nest full of very energetic hornets was being shaken with each step I took, and they began to swarm. I didn't want to get up there and get attacked while unable to make a quick (and safe) descent, so I decided discretion was the better part of valor.



10. The building at the base of the tower.



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14. In addition to venomous snakes, there was an abundant variety of mushrooms in the area.



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on 2009-08-17 04:04 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] brujaoscura.livejournal.com
Awesome!

on 2009-08-17 04:12 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] misterx.livejournal.com
Thanks!

on 2009-08-17 04:06 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] nonspecific.livejournal.com
So you finally made it up there?

And dude, Elowyn and I did the lake trail at Bays Mountain yesterday, and it's definitely shroom time.

on 2009-08-17 04:11 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] misterx.livejournal.com
Yeah, I found the way. I got coordinates for the firetower and used Google's satellite view to trace roads back to a paved road, and went from there.

Yeah, there were a zillion shrooms!!!!

on 2009-08-17 06:18 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] zeppo-marx.livejournal.com
And if I'd been there you'd have caught a nice pic of me screaming like a little girl and running the opposite way down the path!

Or at least backing up quickly whilst supressing the primitive desire to scream like a little girl and run down the path.

Whichever came first....

on 2009-09-11 05:30 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] misterx.livejournal.com
Yeah, I went for "walk in very paranoid fashion for the rest of the day" myself.

on 2009-08-18 06:53 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] cuntishness.livejournal.com
WOWOWOWOWOWOW

O.k., inarticulate but for real.

on 2009-09-11 05:30 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile] misterx.livejournal.com
Nature was cooperative. That helped a lot.

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