we took a trek up to the vineyard ...
to watch the sun set.
no more snake hunting for us. .
we are done with that sport.
and yet ..
I can't think how many times we've gone snake hunting in the last few days. . .
needing one picture to prove we had.
There was much laughter ..
recalling the first sightings ..
who saw it first. .
The first sighting was quite frightful really.
We were walking along a path .. .
that did warn there may be rattlers ..
but we wondered if it was a bit of hoopla ..
for the tourists.
We were walking side by side. .
chatting . .
and suddenly my beloved lifted his left leg rather high . .
and jumped ever so slightly. .
I followed his eyes ..
the rattler was coiled about one foot to the side ..
rattling his little tail.
and we continued up the path.
Fifty feet up the path ..
I saw a little fellow. . .
and grabbed my beloved's arm ..
jumping quite high. .
and he in turn. .
jumped vertically about 3 feet. .
When he saw the little snake . .
yet without his rattle. .
he cautioned me about false reports of real snakes. .
a guy could get a fright . . .
nearly screaming like a school girl.
Of course .. that day we had no camera. .
and have not left the campsite without it since.
You can imagine how hard they are to spot. .
quite good at hiding.
It's all good. .
tomorrow we can report we saw a snake . . .
and have him moved away from the campsite.
I've been amazed really. .
at the beauty of the desert.
It proves again . .
that every thing can be beautiful .. .
when they bloom where they are intended to be.
Even a weed. .
still amazingly gorgeous ..
we've decided we like warm weather camping. .
and found our way to the shops today.
Last year. .
I was disappointed to see that Roxy and Quicksilver sizes started for toddlers. .
we have those now. .
and bought treats.
looking at each other. . .
knowing how pathetic we are.
we thought about finishing the merc at home . .
reminders of what fun it will be when she's done next spring. .
he will have to find me a . ..
grand getter . . .
something with at least room for three in the back. . .
he's planning many rides to the DQ. .
picking up a grand on the way.
and today . ..
we'll not leave the campsite. . .
not far anyways ..
we're expecting visitors. . .
Next Monday .. . I'll be back reporting from the bungalow . .
All for now . .