Hiking Mattabessatt trail North for Rt 17 in Durham CT

Today I hike the Mattabassett trail north from rt 17 Durham CT.  It was a nice hike with a gradual incline over about 1 mile to the top which was about 700 ft.  There were several vistas with excellent views. The ridge along the top was shaded with beautiful Fur Trees and there was a huge lake in the valley..  I ran into an aggressive  Black Racer Snake along the trail and caught it on video.  The dogs walked by him but I notice him just sitting very still there.  He was huge, over 6 ft long.  Black racers can be aggressive if provoked so I poked at him with my walking stick and he struck the stick with force and took off like a streak of lighting. I was not sure it was a Racer until I saw how fast it got away.   I have it on video so be sure to check out the video link below of this hike.  The GPS stats are below along with a link to the video and a link with some info about Black Racer Snakes..

Click here to watch a video of this hike.

Click here to learn more about Black Racer Snakes in the Eastern United States.

Name: Track 132
Date: May 10, 2013 9:36 am
(valid until Nov 6, 2013)
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Distance: 1.86 miles
Elapsed Time: 1:15:23
Avg Speed: 1.5 mph
Max Speed: 6.1 mph
Avg Pace: 40′ 31″ per mile
Min Altitude: 393 ft
Max Altitude: 700 ft
Start Time: 2013-05-10T13:36:56Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 41º 26′ 02″ N
Longitude: 72º 43′ 38″ W
End Location:
Latitude: 41º 26′ 22″ N
Longitude: 72º 44′ 06″ W

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