Saturday, July 25, 2009

Pulpit Rock and Pinnacle

Today we hiked the nine mile loop that leads to Pulpit Rock and Pinnacle. It was a hot and humid day, so we needed frequent water breaks. There was a slight breeze along the mountain, which led to a very pleasant day!

View of Pennsylvania farmlands from Pinnacle.

Watch out! We thought this was a rattlesnake, but when I searched on the web, it resembles a copperhead. Either way, we avoided him. This was the second hike to this area where we saw a venomous snake.

Another vista view.

Relaxing on the rocks at lunchtime.

7 Comments:

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Racn4acure said...

Nice hike! Definitely a copperhead - cool to see from a little distance. You are looking happy and relaxed! Art

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Thanks Art! Yes, it was an enjoyable hike. We probably were just a little too close to the snake, but we were very careful to leave him alone and "give him his space".

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger Racn4acure said...

That is all they want, some respect and to be left alone.

I believe I read that research on copperhead venom is promising for cancer treatments. Enjoy the day.

 
At 7:31 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Cancer treatments, that's amazing! I actually came across that research also, when I was reading up on the effects of a copperhead strike. Generally not fatal, but certainly very very serious and something one wouldn't want to experience ever!

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Racn4acure said...

To a dog or a child a copperhead could be fatal, but to you or I, probably not. Although I am pretty sure we would never forget the experience. The venom from most poisonous snakes is supposed to cause agonizing pain. So I agree, no need to have that experience. Always good to watch where we put our hands and feet while hiking.

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger Michael said...

Sorry to shake up the blog, but this fellow is a timber rattler. I got the closest and she had a rattle on her tail. She was pregnant and basking. Not a copperhead. A timber rattler. Boooo! ;-)

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Scary stuff! I wouldn't want to step near a timber rattler OR a copperhead! I guess the rattle really gives it away...

 

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