So.. I stayed up to watch the news last night because they had this story they were going to do about getting puppies from overseas. It was VERY sad. That’s all I have to say about that…
Then during the news they did this story about the local rattlesnake population and about how a guy was bit in Corona Del Mar. Yikes. "the rattlesnake population may be healthier than ever this year". What?? They even proceeded to show video of rattlesnakes. Thanks alot for that one Channel 4 News. They also said that that the Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (the common one here) often doesn’t rattle as a warning.
So let me get this straight. We have more rattlesnakes than usual this year. Lots of overgrown vegetation for them to hide in while I run by on singletrack trails – and they won’t warm me if I get too close. Uh… yeah. Why do I like trail running again?
I guess it’s time to be extra vigilant. Last year I think they said the same thing "more rattlesnakes than usual this year because of heavy rain". Last year was a record rainfall year for Southern California. I didn’t start running trails heavily until June last year. I guess spring and fall are the most active times. I saw my first live rattlesnake in July or August and it wasn’t even on a trail but on a sidewalk. I’ve only seen one other since then (thankfully) and it was dead – but none the less still freaked me out!
Oh and I started a "personal blog" so I could keep this one about running. But maybe instead I should only post here and make it a combined running/personal blog that focuses on my running? I had intended to keep it a running only blog, but who knows. Thoughts or suggestions?