It’s that time of year folks, the snakes are coming out! We don’t really have a “snake season” because it’s always snake season.
Rattlesnakes are common in Ramona and the backcountry. In Southern California we have several species of rattlesnake including the Southern Pacific, Southwestern Speckled, and Red Diamond. In the desert areas, the Desert Sidewinder is most present. I have no idea how to tell the difference, but I know they are all dangerous for me, for my family, and for my horse.
As an equestrian and trails advocate in Ramona I ponder horse related topics constantly. Our current economic state has created so many issues for horse owners such as the number of homeless horses increasing dramatically in the past three years across the nation, the cost of hay going up 125 percent (and climbing) since 2008, gas prices that are incredibly unaffordable, more expensive veterinary care — and the list goes on.
In Ramona we are so lucky to have access to Cleveland National Forest (CNF) public lands. Whether you like to hike or ride, the opportunities abound on the thousands of acres available. Until Ramona’s Community Master Trails and Pathways Plan is fully realized, we are indeed lucky to have public lands to experience by foot [...]