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Three Vaqueros


Fun on the Trail

Adventure Location:  Del Rio, Texas
Adventure Date: 5-30-2020
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The bum leg seemed good enough for some flat ground walking.  As it quickly turned out the speed got on up to brisk to the OFM’s surprise.  The leg gave no trouble during or after the 2.3 miles of walking.  Most of the loop is flat or gently rolling but there is one steeper section. It happens after the first right turn.

So we made the turn easily and there it was right in front of us.

We do not normally encounter folks pets in this area so all we could guess is that it was a wild critter waiting on breakfast to come along. Our guess was about four feet long and 2.5 inches in diameter. If you need a closer view here is an enlargement of the tail.

Yes that is what a rattlesnake tail looks like.

Anyway the critter was very docile the whole time and just laid there flicking its tongue.  The OFM just quietly moved to the other side of the trail and passed the critter with about four feet clearance.  As we continued on our way the OFM checked back one time and the critter was still laying right in the same place.  So we went on around the loop and the campground with a more careful eye to the ground along our chosen pathway. 

Back at the Castle some water was ingested and it was time to relax and let the leg decide if it was ok or not.  After about fifteen minutes the agreement was the leg was fine and the OFM will be more careful in the future to stay off of severe slope walking.

Playing with large rattlesnakes is not our choice of a good way of trying to have tooooo much fun.


  1. It was around 85F. I was glad it showed no aggression. I have lots of encounters with rattlesnakes in my life and nearly all of them have not been aggressive toward me. OF course I never pushed the issue of right of way either.

  2. Since I'm usually not in the desert during Rattlesnake times their normally not a worry for me, but now days I'm extra careful about where I go and I definitely stay out of weeds and bushes. I think when we start sharing space with rattlesnakes it's past time to be somewhere else.


  3. When I wondered around in the desert (Florida too) I carried a stick (bought a metal golf club in Quartzsite, cut the head off) in case I ever needed a longer reach for something.
    Turns out that sometimes having that 3rd leg helps in general!
    Sounds like you had a good day!

  4. Great shot. glad you didn't bother it. So many people feel they have to kill snakes when they run across one. I was raised in Mississippi delta and find snakes fascinating. I wonder if this one had just eaten, or a female passing eggs.
    the Ol'Buzzard