Sunday, November 22, 2015
Finding Mountain Lion Tracks
Desert Boy ran back to tell dad and Desert Girl.
We continued hiking, finding the mountain lion had also hiked on the trail. We stopped to check out the new trail signs. Hopefully there will soon be a map/kiosk at the trailhead so folks will know where these trails go.
The tracks continued along the trail, and we tried to guess when the mountain lion had walked where we were now walking.
Then we got distracted by ice on the creek. We didn't let the kids play there long, knowing the outcome would be wet, cold feet.
Eventually the mountain lion veered away and we got back to the trailhead. We still had some extra energy, so it was time to walk on the walls. And then jump across the gaps. To my surprise, Desert Boy decided to jump across a rather large gap. It had intimidated me a little, and he was much shorter. I didn't say anything, I just let him give it a try.
And he made it! With the jump and the mountain lion tracks, a pleasant hike turned into a memorable one.