I started off up the Serpentine Loop trail amid a light drizzle.
Before long you pass through an old walnut orchard.
Not too many long views today but that just makes me appreciate the little details around me more.
A bird clearly met its demise along the trail, but left behind some feathers. Hydrophobic down?
Though the mossy manzanita
There were some brief breaks from the constant drizzle, but never for long.
On the bright side, I had the park to myself.
Except for these guys. Newts everywhere!
It's a good thing I kept looking down, I hope I didn't step on any of them!
Such cool looking critters. Glad you finally got some rain, little guy!
Along the Bald Peaks trail.
The only sign of other critters along the trail - my footsteps and some recent deer tracks.
Here comes some more rain.
It's not going to be a good day for a view from Bald Peaks, so I turn down the Catamount trail.
Really glad I brought along my switch Axo sunglasses. The rose lenses were perfect on this rainy day and the big frame kept the mist from getting in my eyes. I love having an interchangeable lens that I will actually switch out (did this one at the trailhead)
Old ranch fence on the Catamount trail. Barbed wire is digging into the old oak tree.
Muddy descent. Testing out a pair of Ahnu boots that handled the slippery mud perfectly!
My footsteps, less slidey than expected in this icky terrain.
Well well, looks like i'm not alone on the trail. It seems that the Catamount Trail was named for a reason. Meow! I followed the big kitty (mountain lion) tracks along the trail for a good 1/4 mile.
Along the Catamount trail
More signs of the old ranch that used to be here.
A shot of the Ahnu boots I tried out for the first time today. So far so great! Waterproof, comfy, and great traction in the mud.