Southern Californians freak out about any type of "weather." It can't be helped. The local TV stations go crazy predicting end-of-the-world-doom and we all stand around wringing our hands, flipping out, because there might be wind, or rain, oh … omigod snow!
I apologize on behalf of all of us.
On Saturday Briefcase and I listened to reports of a storm due to arrive the very next day. We knew we had to get some type of adventure in immediately, because what if it rains and we never can leave the house again?
You think I'm joking, but I'm not.
We decided to hike around Aliso & Wood Canyons Park which is a bit inland from Laguna Beach. The park has over 3,900 acres of nature to explore. It also has the worst name ever for a park.
Everything was very green. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen the park as green as it is right now.
We got a late start so we decided we'd hike to Cave Rock (which is not a super long hike, only a few miles).
Along the way, however, we had a few adventures.
First, we ran into deer.
We see deer from our backyard, and in our community also. Still, it takes my breath away to see them roaming around. I know some of you will tell me they eat your flowers and ruin your gardens, but I love them anyway.
Just a few moments after seeing the deer in the above photo, I was startled by a bobcat crossing the path right in front of me. He walked across the trail, kept looking back at me to see what I was doing, and then meandered into the deep grass away from us.
Again, my house backs up to a wilderness area. I've seen bobcats before. Being out in the middle of nowhere and having one that close, is different. I didn't feel afraid of it, but please, oh, please, let me get a photo of you Mr. Bobcat!
In fact, he seemed very curious about the sound of my shutter.
Then he walked away.
After he was gone, the following thoughts went through my head:
• I'm glad he was a bobcat and not a mountain lion.
• I'm glad Briefcase was with me and I wasn't alone.
• What would Briefcase do if I was attacked by a mountain lion?
• He couldn't do anything – we know someone who was eaten by one.
• I should have brought my pepper spray.
• Does pepper spray work on mountain lions?
• I've seen a lot of bobcats, but THAT was a big bobcat!
Shortly after, we found ourselves exploring the caves at cave rock.
And then Briefcase reminded me we had a high school fundraiser we needed to go to and it was time to leave.
I made a joke about leaving behind bobcats to embrace cougars.
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