Backpacking California by Mike White

By Mike White

Backpacking California is a suite of greater than 70 of the main fascinating backpacking adventures in barren region Press's domestic territory of California. With contributions from greater than a dozen desolate tract Press authors, the e-book describes routes starting from one evening to 1 week. Backpacking rookies in addition to "old hand" California hikers will locate expert-crafted journeys within the Coast levels, the Sierra, the Cascades, and the Warner Mountains. multiplied insurance contains journeys in substantial Sur, Anza-Borrego, dying Valley, and the White Mountains. a number of journeys were defined in print nowhere else. every one journey features a path map and crucial logistical info for journey making plans.

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Adapted to living in dark, warm places, it took up residence in the pipes and heating ducts of the house. The family was on a permanent state of alert, at the ready to capture the fugitive. Occasionally, they would see it slinking away, its tail disappearing into a vent, or its head would materialize for a shadowy instant under the drain in the kitchen sink. Sometimes, at night, ominous thumps would emanate from the core of the house; then days would go by without a sign of the serpent. When Rachel’s guinea pig disappeared, she blamed it on the boa.

Thirty years later, Cozumel was overwhelmed by their progeny. Set free in a closed environment thickly populated by the snake’s preferred diet, yet void of the big cats and other large carnivores that prey on them on the mainland, the philoprogenitive boas numbered three thousand by 2003, when Jesús Rivas went there to make a film about this reptile irruption for National Geographic. He found an extraordinarily quiet jungle: The mammals that the boa preyed on, such as peccaries, raccoons, opossums, and coatis, were largely depleted; one of the three species of mouse that had inhabited the island for millennia had apparently become extinct.

I do not feel I was guilty of carelessness. ” Later, according to a biographical sketch by James Murphy and David Jacques published in the Herpetological Review, Wiley set up a roadside attraction in Cypress, California: a petting zoo where children could play with king cobras, kraits, copperheads, and rattlesnakes. She died after a cobra bit her while she was wrangling the snake for a photographer from True, a popular men’s magazine. She had some antivenom on hand, but before she could take it, someone accidentally broke the vial.

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