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later this summer I'll be in a part of the country that sports rattlesnakes.
I went to Nevada in October and it was sweltering hot. Went walking in Red Rock Canyon and the man in the visitor's center said it was too cold for rattle snakes that day.
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In the summer in the Southwest (when it is hot), you pretty much don't have to worry about rattlesnakes, unless you venture into shaded rocky areas...  They like to hang out in the cooler shaded crevices.  Since it is warm, if you encounter one in such a scenario, you will most likely get bit...  That rock looks like a good place to rest (snake thought so too, thats why he is biting your ankle...  Its his way of telling you that the rock is his...)

The odds of encountering a rattlesnake actually improve when it is cold, but in cold situations you will have a lower chance of getting bit...  An uncle one awoke to a bull snake in his bed roll while out camping during hunting season (late fall)...  After we stopped laughing we just explained that the snake just wanted to get warm as well...

I have spent a lot of time traipsing around the back country of the southwest.  Only two things are needed (in order of importance); 1.  Good listening skills (a rattlesnake will warn you well before they strike)  and 2.  A good walking stick.  The walking stick will let one poke dark crevices near rest stops to ensure the area is not previously occupied...
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But you're from Dallas? You can find great boots there. Over in the stockyards even.

Oh, I know.  It isn't a question of boot quality but an issue of odd feet.  Some sneakers (and a single pair of work boots) are the only thing I have found that fit my feet.

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We went there a couple of times, and I got a pair of boots both times. When I wore the heels or soles out, I'd send them to this same vendor and the contracts manager would take them to a great bootery she knew of to have them redone.  Too bad I changed jobs and don't work with them anymore.

I have a similar story involving dress shoes that I loved.  A house flood ruined the uppers after the manufacturer stopped making them.  Man I miss those shoes.  Here it is a few years later and I still have not found replacements.
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later this summer I'll be in a part of the country that sports rattlesnakes.
I went to Nevada in October and it was sweltering hot. Went walking in Red Rock Canyon and the man in the visitor's center said it was too cold for rattle snakes that day.

Oh, you Brits.  Afraid of a little (sweltering) heat.   smiley-wink
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In the summer in the Southwest (when it is hot), you pretty much don't have to worry about rattlesnakes, unless you venture into shaded rocky areas...  They like to hang out in the cooler shaded crevices.

A perfect description of where I was this afternoon.   smiley-eek

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Only two things are needed (in order of importance); 1.  Good listening skills (a rattlesnake will warn you well before they strike)  

That has always been my experience with one addendum.  For me, it has occasionally been difficult to tell exactly where the snake is.  I've even walk past the snake before it rattled.  I've found it wise to stop, quickly determine the snake's location, and then take action.  Lest ye may step on the nasty critter.

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2.  A good walking stick.

A 6-footish walking stick with short Y legs is handy.  The Y end can be used to push the snake away.

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The walking stick will let one poke dark crevices near rest stops to ensure the area is not previously occupied...

Oh yeah!  I've been poking at all dark areas!
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I went to Nevada in October and it was sweltering hot.
From watching the Olympics, sounds like British summers are 68F and rainy. Anything in the US southwest would seem hot smiley
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I went to Nevada in October and it was sweltering hot.
From watching the Olympics, sounds like British summers are 68F and rainy. Anything in the US southwest would seem hot smiley

Yea, but it's a dry heat.  smiley-wink Spent 18 months near New Orleans on a construction project for Chevron and the high humidity from April through October was worst then the very hottest temps I ever felt in the southwest.

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Dry heat, like a convection oven.  smiley-cool

We ended up in Carlsbad, New Mexico over July 4th weekend a few years ago. Couldn't leave because Enterprise had left at noon Saturday, we got there at 1:00.
Got out the plane, and as soon we stepped in the sun we could feel our skin start to tingle.  107F. Ducked under the wing and stayed there until the motel shuttle came to get us.
Spent the whole weekend going from shade patch to shade patch, staying out of the sun.  Even in the pool, stayed in the end where there was shade from some trees.
The only time it was comfortable was when we were down in Carlsbad Cavern.

Arizona is worse - 115F! Its that red spot you see on the weahter maps.  I'll stay farther north I think.
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Oh, you Brits.  Afraid of a little (sweltering) heat.
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May I recommend a mine-clearing robot? Flail model, preferentially for a path 6' wide with a built-in nuclear reactor for extra range and the possibility of plugging in a portable AC unit?  smiley
You forgot the beer cooler in the specs for the unit.

Sounds like an Arduino project.  smiley-roll
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I forgot to mention, there are also mountain lions here.  Within the last year one was spotted crossing the road in front of our cabin.  I wonder if a walking stick is effective against mountain lion.
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I wonder if a walking stick is effective against mountain lion.

Only if it's already dead. They are pretty much all over California in both rural and suburbs as they have been protected for many decades. They mostly hunt/travel at night so sightings are pretty rare. There is usually a couple of hikers, runners, or mountain bikers a year killed by them. They will attempt to hunt down the specific lion after such an event.

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Probably depends how loudly you yell while waving the walking stick.  Or what size gun smiley-wink
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Arizona is worse - 115F! Its that red spot you see on the weahter maps.  I'll stay farther north I think.
That's Phoenix, and other low-altitude areas. Where I live it averages about a dozen degrees cooler.  Altitude makes a huge difference in climate in this part of the county.
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