A gila monster trapped on the floating pool cleaner hose.

Rick Wiley / Arizona Daily Star

I slogged my way into the kitchen to make coffee at 5:30am this morning as our kids were stirring in their beds. I looked out the window and thought a storm had blown another chunk of flotsam into the pool. Alas, it was just our neighborhood gila monster who had ventured too far out on the pool cleaner hose seeking a drink or some floating bugs. My guess is it's the same one that I found clinging desperately to the wall inside skimmer box about nine months ago. It was a lot smaller then!

My wife and I carefully coaxed the big fella onto the pool skimmer and I relocated him a little further into the desert. I'm sure he'll be back....