Jim, Boonie, and I climbed a mountain yesterday, beginning with a couple of miles on the Continental Divide Trail, then an uphill, rocky, trek to the summit of Eighty Mountain.
It wasn’t as bad as it sounds, and we got to meet this sweet little service dog, Penelope, along the trail.
While eating a snack at the top, I saw something come out of a crevice in the rocks. It was the highlight of our hike, watching this guy and trying to get photos without frightening it.
Meet a Crevice Spiny Lizard, also known as Sceloporus poinsettii.
We had a hard time identifying it by pictures on the internet, so Jim emailed a photo to a herpetologist, who was kind enough to respond.
So take a hike, you never know what you might encounter.