BLACK RAT SNAKES
!!! A RECORD!!!
NOT ONE DOG ON SUNDAY
Even though dogs are not allowed on either the Ridge Trail or the Saddle Trail I find myself reminding two to three parties of the rule every weekend. Almost all the trails in the SNP allow dogs but there are a few that do not. Check out SNP's web site's page titled PETS.
For some reason the Black Rat Snakes were out in large numbers on Saturday and members of our group saw three. I saw two of them, one on a tree and one on the trail. The snake in the tree was about four feet long and the one on the trail was at least five feet long. Other members of our team saw a third black snake in the Old Rag Shelter. Check out Silver Spring Wanderer's blog for a picture of the third black snake peeking its head out from the Old Rag Shelter rafters along with a whole bunch of other great pictures.
The second Black Rat Snake I saw started to cross the trail but thought better of it after sensing a large group of hikers approaching. I was able to point him out to about 50 passing hikers.
The Mountain Laurel were starting to bloom.
Saturday was a little bit warm and mostly sunny. Sunday was mostly cloudy and a little cooler.
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