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17 Miles, Rattlesnake, Rolled Ankle

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Rattler on the trail today, all coiled up and ready to strike. And that rattle was going going going. Good thing we were in the woods, managed to find a very long stick, and coaxed him a ways down the hill so we could pass.

Lunch - sun on my back. Love it!

Then, with about 3 miles to go I rolled my ankle. Was able to hike out at a fairly decent pace. Time to R.I.C.E., I have another hike coming up next Sunday.
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    I'm so glad poisonous snakes are few and far between here in southern NH and I don't think there are any in the White Mountains.

    I have a problem with rolling my ankle at the end of hikes too. I just started an exercise program to strengthen the muscles around my ankles to make it more stable. Glad you were able to hike out.
    2063 days ago
    Looks lime the top of Mt. Wilson?
    2063 days ago
    Thank goodness that no one was hurt by that rattler!

    So sorry to hear about your ankle emoticon I've twisted mine enough to know what a pain it is to deal with. I hope it is feeling better so you can go on this weekend's hike!
    2067 days ago
    Be well. Looks like lesson learned is to always carry a long stick. emoticon Enjoyed the pictures. Thanks. -- Lou
    2070 days ago
    Nice picture of you :)

    The picture where you hiked is so beautiful

    good job on getting rid of the snake - ugh
    2071 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    Take care of your ankle! WOW! you handled the rattler well! emoticon that you got 17 miles done!
    2072 days ago
    Sounds like an adventure for sure!
    2072 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I hope your ankle is doing better. That snake would have had me totally freaked out!
    2072 days ago
    What a beautiful day to hike! I'm sorry that you had to deal with a rolled ankle, but hopefully it will heal up in time for your next hike!
    2072 days ago
  • DEBRA0818
    You sound so matter of fact about it all -- the sign of a person who truly accepts whatever happens. Sorry you rolled your ankle, but what a great day!
    2072 days ago
    Thank you for sharing the pics. I love seeing your hikes. Rattle snakes? I think I will continue my walks at home down our quiet dirt road where a squirrel or two is about all I come up on. lol.
    2072 days ago
    You would think a rattlesnake encounter would be enough for one hike!!! I'm sorry about your ankle and hope RICEing it helps and you will be back on the trail soon. I live in the Sonoran Desert so rattlers are not an uncommon occurance, but it is always startling to come up on one, especially coiled and in the middle of the trail.
    2072 days ago
    Wow, I'm impressed with how you dealt with that snake! I'd probably have turned around and selected a different route. Like maybe in a major city!
    2072 days ago
    How calm you sound. I'd freak out if there was a rattlesnake around. There are no poisonous snakes here and I am GLAD!
    2072 days ago
    I think I know what RICE means, but can only get Rest Ice... :)

    I hope the ankle feels better tomorrow. Those soft tissue things can be wild cards. So definitely do the resting and icing. :)

    The hike looked BEAUTIFUL! Do you stop to take a lot of pictures? I would have LOVED a picnic table on my hike Saturday. I'm jealous! :)
    2072 days ago
    did some rock-crawling and hiking today - fun times!

    take care of that ankle emoticon
    2072 days ago
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