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Well, ...if you didn't get a chance to make it down into the Arizona desert today, you really missed out on a Beautiful day to be out. When I left Prescott Valley this morning a bit after 7 am it was raining pretty good, and the clouds hung real low down into the Bradshaws. It rained on me on and off on my way down toward Phoenix, and I was kind of wishing that I had brought a rain coat. But by the time I got into the lower desert area the rain was just a slight mist,....just perfect for detecting. It was cool, damp from the early morning rain, overcast and cloudy the entire day, and probably only got to about 72 degrees all day long. "Perfect weather".... I managed to find one nugget :yesss:in a wash (pictured). I had actually worked my way up two washes working my way thru about 2 miles of rough-boulder-ridden terrain, and hadn't seen any kind of animals, critters or anything. So I headed toward another wash location a few miles away. When I got there I parked on a little ridge and started walking down a gradually-sloping area toward the wash. I was walking at a fairly fast pace, as I wanted to get to a certain wash. About 12 ft. (or-so) ahead of me I saw something circular in the middle of a clearing, which my mind apparently knew was unusual because by the time I made the next (automatic) step toward it my eyes focused on it enough to see that it was not only circular, but had black shapes like diamonds on it,................"WHOH", (as I skid to sudden stop),......That's a Rattlesnake!!!!! I had walked up on a coiled rattler that was snugglee-fitted into a depression (hole) about 5" in diameter smack-dab in the middle of a clearing (not even close to any rock outcroppings or boulders). The snake's head was pointing in the direction that I was walking toward, so it couldn't see me; and it's entire-circular body was almost level with the surrounding ground level.   So I set my detector down and ran back up to my pickup and got my camera. That little rattler must have been very comfortable there because I took some fairly close pictures of it from the back, from the left side, from above it, and right in front of him and it never made a move,....the snakes tongue was not even testing the air,......so it must have really been in a deep sleep.         I left it alone, and went on up into the wash detecting for about 30-minutes or so, and then came back and the snake was still there.. So I took a stick about 4 ft. Long and tried to pry it out of the hole to see what it would do. Well, it never struck at the stick, nor did it even rattle,....it just unwound itself kind of sluggishly, looked at me as if to say: I was very comfortable there,..leave me alone !!!! and then it slowly slithered off into the brush. It was around 2 ft long and had white and black striped tail with about 6 rattles and a button.

The other photos are of a small Horny Toad ...kind of hard to see because of it's blending in with it's surroundings.

Also managed to pick up right-about 12 pounds of brass shells left by some "Idiot(s) shooting up the hills and leaving the brass behind,,......."Lets see",......12 pounds (x) approx. $1.50 per pound that a metal salvage co. will pay me comes to $18.00,.....that would have more than paid for my gas down and back today,..........'YA-HOOO !!!"

SO,.. as a hi light (and /or) end the day on a strange up-note, I was driving down the dirt road at a pretty good clip heading for home, and made a sharp right turn when I saw something you don't see every day down in the desert????!!..............On the left side of the road on the ground (with toes facing toward me) there where a pair of tennis shoes. They were carefully placed there side by side ???? So being the non-wastefull person that I am, I stopped and snagged them as road-side-bootey. They are both size 9 1/2, but the right one is  a NIKE AIRE, and the left one is a OASICS GEL ALMBUS 16,...AND they are both brand new!!!! "OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK??????" So if anyone out there is missing the right side Nike and/or the left side OASICS, just let me know and I will ship to anywhere within the US for: $75.00....:4chsmu1:....Another GREAT DAY OUT....Gary

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Nice finds Gary.

The desert is an interesting place, especially after a rain.

I crossed paths with a rattler last Sunday.  He was pretty much doing the same thing as 'yours'.

Those little horny toads are the best.  :thumbsupanim

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5 hours ago, Relichunter2016 said:

That's an interesting trip. The shoes at the end really got me! Middle of the desert and two new shoes and no one around....weird.

I know of a place south of Tucson where you can hike way up in the mountains and find many shoes, some of them with carpet covering them.:idunno:

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9 hours ago, Desertpilot said:

I know of a place south of Tucson where you can hike way up in the mountains and find many shoes, some of them with carpet covering them.:idunno:

Yea, when I lived in Tucson I used to hunt the greaterville area, and came across more than one location where the coyotes would bring the Mexican's thru into the US.  I found piles of clothes, plastic bottles, and a number of colorful Mexican blankets;  I still have about 3-4 of those; they are really warm in the winter. 

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11 hours ago, LukeJ said:

Nice finds Gary.

The desert is an interesting place, especially after a rain.

I crossed paths with a rattler last Sunday.  He was pretty much doing the same thing as 'yours'.

Those little horny toads are the best.  :thumbsupanim

Anyone ever come across a Gila Monster?

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stopped by an old claim monument, taking a leak, looked over and one was laying next to it. backed away so me wouldn't piss it off.

in the evening a large horny toad lays on a flat rock and picks harvester ants, next to my camp.

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35 minutes ago, wet/dry washer said:

stopped by an old claim monument, taking a leak, looked over and one was laying next to it. backed away so me wouldn't piss it off.

in the evening a large horny toad lays on a flat rock and picks harvester ants, next to my camp.

I'm sure he was sorta pissed off since you had already "leaked" on him!!

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