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SALT LAKE CITY — Rattlesnakes often strike fear in the hearts of people. But they shouldn’t. Knowing a little about the animal, and doing a few simple things, like keeping a safe distance and not harassing a snake, can go a long way to keeping safe.

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Doug Kreutz, The Star's outside expert, shares his favorite summer hikes:  

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A small stream tumbled and crashed through edge of Bellingham, WA. The rocky ravine it had carved over time now provides refuge for big trees, a fish hatchery, a cacophony of birds, and humans, too. Well-worn dirt paths gave testament to the popularity of this waterfall-filled neighborhood greenspace.