15-Sep-2001 -- This was my second attempt at a confluence today. Earlier
today, I was 69 miles south of here near the "Four Corners"
I still cannot decipher exactly what vegetation I am looking
at when I check the satellite views of the area. I was sure
that I was going to be in sagebrush looking for this
The area does have some sagebrush but is mostly pinyon
forest. There are many old roads in the area. I get the
impression that most of the roads were cut in by developers
possibly planning on subdividing the property into smaller
I drove to within a quarter of a mile of the confluence and
while I was walking I actually crossed two more old roads.
These are shown in photos #3 and #4.
I sometimes have a bad habit of watching my GPS a little too
closely. As I was approaching the confluence, the reading
on my GPS saying 443 feet to go, I looked up to pick my
trail through the trees.
We must have seen each other at about the same time. My jaw
dropped and my eyes opened wide. He turned to the left and
within three strides was lost into the underbrush. That was
my first sighting of a Mountain Lion in the wild. Needless
to say I was at a heightened degree of awareness for the
rest of the hike. I deeply regret that I was not able to
get a picture to add to my album.
I am glad that I was able to make it to the confluence and
take a couple of pictures of the trees (a panoramic view
was not possible) but the confluence was not the highlight
of my day.