I should have expected that Jim Brown plans to up our adventure level when we meet him in Gold Canyon. Up until now, I counted an off road trail ride a success if no-one had to be rolled back over onto their wheels and each vehicle returned to camp under its own power or at least in tow behind another Jeep. But those standards are way too low for Jim.
An Arizona Rattlesnake Hunt
Jim rents a quad RZR for the three of us to share on a ride to Box Canyon. I start to become concerned when Gail shows up for the ride in her certified snake stomping boots. I overhear conversations in the group referring to our chances of catching rattlesnakes on this trip – I mistakenly think they are joking.
Shortly after we hit the trail, a red-tailed hawk dives to the ground across a wash from us. His wings flail as he claws into flight dangling a rattlesnake from his talons. After a brief airborne struggle, the hawk drops the snake beside us in the wash.
Jim, who is leading the group, stops and points to where he believes the snake landed. Everyone except me runs into the wash to try and find the injured snake. I stay by the RZR hoping they find him before he finds them. I also believe from my vantage point, I can outrun everyone else if the snake makes a comeback.