Went for a midday bike ride through Whiting because having a stroke in 90°+ heat somehow seemed like a good idea. Part way up Mustard Road, another mountain biker is headed down the hill. This is odd, because the connecting trail to the entrance is marked one-way for bikes. There's no way out for him except to go the "wrong" way.
"There's a mountain lion up there," he said. "Yeah? Cool. Thanks," I replied and kept pedaling. Before I was out of earshot, he said he had seen two rattlesnakes and a mountain lion and was done. He was mumbling something else, but I was riding away hoping to see a big cat around the next turn and wondering why he didn't just ride a paved bike path in Irvine or go to the zoo where animals are safely kept behind glass.
After a couple of turns, I could see two hikers pretty far up ahead. Well, the lion didn't scare them, so I must be OK. After a few minutes more of climbing, the hikers were also walking down the hill at a brisk pace but said nothing. Hmm. Kept riding, looking ahead at each switchback and scanning the brush on either side of the trail.
When I got to the top of the hill - 4 Corners - two bikers were shooting the breeze. Still no lion. Dang. Another opportunity lost. Seems odd for a lion sighting in the middle of the day, anyway. Maybe another case of imagineering at work which is what I suspected the last time a fellow rider warned me about one. In that case, at least there were a couple of deer to explain the mirage.
So, 19 years and counting; still waiting for that first, 100% sure sighting.
Sure, but all I saw were their tracks across the trail.
There seems to be an abundance of rodents this year - rabbits and squirrels. Also more snakes. I've come across three large gopher snakes this season and my first decent size rattler on Thursday. It was another Pacific rattler. Probably 2 1/2 feet long.
To be clear, I have no interest in antagonizing one, just hope to see one in the wild while there are still a few left.
Just be careful please. Mtn Lions have been known to antagonize people. I live in the midst of them now. Two weeks ago we had a rabid one walk into a campsite and attack a family dog. He was done in by a frying pan.
I've always felt that frying pans should be banned for the sake of the children! -- Do not trifle with dragons; for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup!