To begin with, once again, I managed to struggle up the steep side of The M Trail. Any day I pull that off is awesome. The icing on the cake though was coming down the easy side. A, it flew by since the incline, or decline I suppose, is less instense. B, we were hiking with cubscouts, and they managed to find a snake. How exciting was that? Pretty newsworthy. By the time I was done with the impromptu photo session, we had attracted a few more people who wanted to take a look. Poor thing couldn't get back under the leaf litter quick enough. Fortunately, for us, the snake is not poisonous. In fact it's a member of the boa constrictor family: the rubber boa. Also fortunate for the boys and me, our new found friend is not large enough to squeeze us into a meal.