So the kids are out of school, and the Forest Service closes the campground. Now does that make sense, or what? Not! But I had better not get into that here. It does mean that our conditioning hike up the Cochise trail is now almost a mile longer, one way. It starts at the horse trailer parking, rather than at the campground.
Nevertheless, it is a good walk, and mostly in the shade at least early in the morning, so we headed up. I guess we feel we have to do this hike once a week to keep confidence in our ability to do so, if that makes sense.
With the campground being closed, I don't think we will see a lot of other people on the trail. Not that it ever is overrun, except on Easter Sunday. Perhaps we will see more wildlife; there was a lot more scurrying off into the bushes today, but that may also be because the weather is heating up. Temperatures are forecast to be in the low 100's in a couple of days.
Dan and Emma walked right past this black tailed rattlesnake, and I was sorry to see that most of his rattles had come off. Bad news for those of us who respect him and appreciate a warning. We usually see the western diamondback here around the house, in the mesquite grasslands, but this one is common in the oak scrub at a little higher elevation. Yesterday this little gopher snake greeted me as I opened the potting shed. I hope he stays and keeps the rodent population in check.