On a hike in Harriman State Park in New York snakes were the farthest thing from my mind when this little garter snake crossed the path.
I did the usual thing I do when I see a snake that’s not threatening me—I moved toward it to get a closer look.
Later in the hike we were surprised by this big black snake. I’m not sure what kind it is but it was at least five feet long.
We wouldn’t have seen it if we had done the hike we’d planned on doing—a six mile loop. Somehow we missed a trail junction and ended up hiking a couple extra miles. Luckily, the only other people we saw had a map and they set us straight.
I had some expectations about this hike.
1. The trails would be crowded with people.
2. It wouldn’t require much thought or effort to navigate a marked trail system because most of the hiking I do in Alaska is in trail-less wilderness.
3. Maybe we’d see some squirrels or deer, but snakes—no way.
So, yeah, nothing I thought would happen actually happened.