While I don't go out of my way looking for snakes, I get a thrill when I do find them. This is only my second time knowingly spotting a striped racer; the last time was at Fort Ord over 3 years ago! True to its name, it quickly skedaddled when I attempted to get a closer picture. And, yes, my location label below is correct for the east side of Pinnacles. This was the first time since camping back in 2011 that I've hiked from one side of the park to the other. I'll admit, I'm a bit of a hiking wimp, especially in the heat on hills. It was worth the trek.