1,000 Smiles | Day 11 | Chuckwalla | Deborah Peters
Chuckwalla. Wildlife will always be a Smile Smiley post! I know this is 2 days in a row, but can ya blame me? The temperatures are heating up out here in Arizona…if one wishes to enjoy the outdoors at all – you have to be out around 6-7 am; the cutoff is definitely 7:30. So, get all the good stuff outdoors done if it involves anything other than cruising on the lake with refreshing jumps in it here and there!
Something about the sun drifting in through your windows early makes you want to get up and be out anyhow. And we’re getting lots of hikes in…fully out of winter hibernation…even if it did take a few months, lol. Which brings me to our main focus of this smile post: the little buddy we met that day on the hike.
Meet Mr. Chuck Walla. Ok, he’s a chuckwalla – isn’t he cute?!
Didn’t see this chuckwalla at first, then came down off the mountain around the ledge you see here and some fellow hikers had stopped, were looking at something fun. Chuckwalla‘s are a rare find out here. Now, here’s the thing, I have been living here since 1993 and have hiked all over this desert and mountains…have never seen a chuckwalla in person.
I love how they look at you. This chuckwalla was quite healthy, and I couldn’t get over how camouflaged he was.
No wonder I never saw him before! It’s so neat when you hike out here and go for miles not seeing any wildlife at all, and then turn a corner and at that moment, they just “happen” to let you know they’re there; this chuckwalla was sharing a glimpse of his world with us….we’re visiting his world today…Smile. Every time I go, I always come back with more Smiles.