Gila Monster- we had never seen one before
Starting the Hike to the wind caves
Tys and I went out on a beautiful Saturday morning to hike The Wind Caves, which is a hike Tyson has done many time and really enjoys. On our way down, we were surprised to see a Gila Monster as it was basking in the sun on a rock just inches from the trail. Two older ladies in front of us were afraid to pass by it, but it seemed more afraid of us than we were of it.
For those of you who don't know, Gila monsters have a mild venom and an extremely painful bite. They will latch onto you and then proceed to chew on you to allow the toxins into an open wound. Ouch! So glad this one just ran back into it's hole when we passed!