Something funny happened on the trail though.
I saw my manly man jump out of his skin. He'd heard rattles. As in, rattleSNAKE! It was about 2.5 feet long. Gave me the willies. I hate snakes. Really dispise them.
Look carefully, below:There's a snake hanging in the bush. A BIG snake - about 5 feet long! At first, I thought it was two snakes, but upon closer inspection it was just one. A big one.
We stepped back to watch it. Then it came towards us, following us for about 25 feet. Finally it crossed the path and went back into the woods.
More hikers came along and we pointed out the snake, told them about how it was a bit aggressive. The guy said it was probably a Bullsnake or Gopher snake. I think he was right.
The hike was beautiful, even with snakes. But, I was very glad to be finished. My legs are sore and I'm going to hurt tomorrow.