Jason Rothmeyer Skater Profile
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Hometown: Long Beach CA, Stance: Regular, Age: 42, Status: Pro
Last Update: Friday, March 21, 2014 Submit an Update
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Normally I don't participate in the "challenges" of Instagram. But my homie @intothemojave nominated me for the close-up challenge and i happened to have a really good one to use....so here it is. This is a wild Yucatan Banded Gecko I found down in Belize. I was road cruising and found this little guy crossing a road covered in leaves right in front of my car. I still don't know how I saw this thing. But I sure am glad I did. Best gecko I've ever seen. Coolest colors and markings. @devinbergquist @snakemannick
No snakes tonight. The evening started out promising enough, until I ran over a rock shaped exactly like a railroad spike. No joke. My rear tire deflated in 5 min flat. I pulled over so we could eat dinner and ended up spending the prime road cruising time changing a tire with the workable but janky jack that my 4Runner has. Oh well, gonna try to squeeze in a hike tomorrow before getting that tire fixed so I don't go without a spare.
Always nice to go out and find what you're looking for. Started hiking at 7:30am and found this bad boy Gila monster at 8:30am in the second wash we walked up. Thanks to @devinbergquist @sheloveszonata @socialtatts for all the tips! Good start to the work trip. AM hiking, afternoon shoe showing and evening road cruising.
Nice contrasted Long-nosed Snake from north of Tucson tonight. Also found a beauty Glossy snake, sidewinder, a bunch of banded geckos and a little baby horned lizard along with a dead western diamondback. Pretty snakey night for just 1.5 passes on this road. Tomorrow morning off to try to hike a gila before hitting the shops.
Hard to look tough with that flower on your forehead mr Western Diamondback. I'm pretty sure with 5 days in AZ next week all over the state I'll be seeing these all over the place. I found this one in the mountains outside of Kingman. I'm heading there to hike on Saturday and going to hit the same trail I found a pair of them out in the springtime back when I shot this.
@deadsnake_greg just sent me this reminder that I was in the first #xgames back in 1995. 20 damn years ago? Ugh. At least I beat @mikevallely @geoffrowley ha! Lots of homies on this list @chrissenn @steviecab @mosesitkonen @ed.templeton I did better in contests other than this, but this one was definitely the oddest one I skated. The ground was soggy plywood on top of wet grass and the builders decided to mix sand with the paint "to make it feel like pavement". So lame. Glad things have got better at this contest.
A scene that I always want to see when out hiking...no matter where I am. Love turning a corner on a trail or road and seeing things that I'm actually looking for. Yellow Rat Snake near Tampa,FL. I've got about 5-6 hikes planned for next week in arizona along with 2-3 road cruises. Putting in some springtime herping while working. Fun stuff.
Here's a common but cool snake to find out in the desert, the Long-nosed Snake. This was the first snake I found the evening I was road cruising near Phoenix. I often find these guys before sunset it seems as they come out early in the evening. Saved this guy from for sure getting crushed on the road. People mistake them for kingsnakes, mountain kings and all types of stuff it seems. But their markings are pretty distinct.
Here's a top view of the "mystery" rattlesnake that I found last weekend. I always love this view simply because they have such kick ass patterns and it really shows it off this way. I'm headed to go show the @newbalancenumeric line all next week in Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff and will be doing a TON of hiking and exploring while there. It's a good time of year and I hope to find a lot more stuff. Stay tuned!
Here's that big Red Diamond Rattlesnake that I had the video of a few days ago. I followed it for a bit without bothering and after a few minutes it settled under this bush. I had to get my flash off camera and get some low angle light to avoid the shadows. Still love these rattlesnakes. They're mostly mellow and have great color.
I'm definitely not a "pick up everything I find" kind of person, but sometimes you need to give that helping hand. This Regal Horned Lizard I found on Friday night wouldn't budge from the road I was on so I had to pick it up and get it to a safer zone. Always have loved horned lizards and this was the first Regal I've ever found. Looked like he had a headphones input jack in his head too.
Drove home from #phxam2015 last night and instead of sitting in the late night traffic jam that was ahead of me near Morongo, I pulled off at a very popular road to do a couple of passes and see what was on the crawl. First I found this juvenile rattlesnake. I assumed it was a small Red Diamond but someone said it would be a mix of Speckled/Red. I'll post photos later. Second I found this large Red Diamond out on the crawl. Super mellow and just out poking around. On my way back to the freeway, not 30ft from the onramp there was a CHP car parked. As I passed it I noticed a big adult Red a Diamond Rattlesnake stretched out in front of the car. So I pulled over, got my flashlight and hook and walked up to his car. He shined his floodlight on me not knowing what I was up to until he saw me moving the snake. He said he didn't even see it. Then he was hyped and shot some cell pics of it as I moved it off into the rocks away from the road.
Little photo mix from yesterday. Top left is the #smithsonian weather research station they used to use in the 1920's at the top of Harquahala Mountain. It's got a fence around it but you can see inside. I bet it got cold as hell in there in the winter at 5500 ft. Bottom left is another sidewinder found last night and the right is a Desert Patchnosed I found driving down the mountain yesterday morning from the top. Back to #phxam2015 to watch the finals now.
Drove all the way to the top of West AZ's highest peak this morning. Some serious 4x4 was needed for it too. First time I've had to get into LO4 on my 4Runner. Totally worth it for this Sonoran Gophersnake right at the top of the mountain. Also found a Desert Patchnosed on the way down until I saw about 10 geezers in those new quads everyone drives. Knew the snake finding was done after that.
They don't call them sidewinders for nothing. Saved this guy from certain death as he was right in the middle of the road all flattened out. I actually wasn't sure he was alive until he tried to eat my face off when I moved him (with a snake hook). Temps dropped real quick after dark though and I haven't seen anything since.
Headed out to #phoenixam this weekend to check out the contest. I'm gonna camp on Friday night though on the way and do some road cruising and hiking for sure. Pretty much a lock I'll find plenty of these Sonoran Sidewinders out there on the roads. I'm hoping to stumble upon something like a Gila while hiking Saturday AM too. Mixing skate/work with some hiking and nature is always a good thing. I've been working nonstop for what seems like weeks so I'm gonna enjoy Saturday.
Here at the #dreamdriveway about to get down with the #tampabro sponsored by @brostyle Should be a good time. @brockoley here getting down a little early on the worlds best driveway. If I had it my way, this driveway would be covered in ledges, curbs and manny pads. @kyleberard gonna build me a tight one someday.
Was trying to find an appropriate animal for today's post. This green Parrot Snake seems to work. It went up this tree so fast I only got one photo of it before it bailed. From Costa Rica in 2011. Happy St Pattys day from a non drinker who has never cared about this holiday one day in his life #straightedge
Manta Rays for days! This is from Dec just a few months ago when @chrissenn was cool enough to let me and my wife tag along with @kamanucharters and see these beasts. It was a little tricky filming them because they come to within an inch or so of you when they make that roll, so there's no where to move your arms out of the way. A couple brushed up against me, they're about 12-14 feet wide. Big boys.
Swimming with these bros in #hawaii back in December was super fun. Thanks to @chrissenn and @kamanucharters for making that happen. Just casually swimming with these wild bottle nosed Dolphins was amazing. Slowly floating and letting them swim your way was easy and I definitely didn't feel like I was stressing them out (which was my biggest concern). Pretty cool experience. My wife was so hyped to get in the water with them.
A nice Southern Black Racer we saw while walking out near Tampa last Friday. Ended up seeing 3 of these just starting to come out. It was a cool 61 out so I wasn't super confident in finding any snakes but the racers were certainly feeling it. Cold enough that they didn't bolt as soon as we saw them also, which was nice.
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