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Aravaipa Canyon, June 2002
 
 
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June is hot and dry in Tucson -- but just 90 miles away is the Aravaipa canyon wilderness, where water flows year-round and creates an oasis of pools and riffles, cottonwoods, and birds. Heather's brother came to spend a few days with us, and we took to the hills. We had hiked upstream a couple of miles when we encountered a rattlesnake, coiled in leaf litter next to the trail. Heather walked right past it, and I nearly stepped on it. We returned to the river to continue on, and promptly ran into another rattler, this one dozing on a mossy riverbank.