Descending Vista Point one morning I rounded a bend in the trail and stopped dead in my tracks. There 25ft away was this little fawn (see photo above). It’s mother was on the other side of the trail in the trees waiting for the fawn to cross the trail. Startled by hikers coming up the trail it had stopped then I happened along. It looked at me and headed in the opposite direction of its mother. Then timidly it crept up to this tree and watched me and its mother. It’s mother was not happy; she pranced and paced back and forth with worry. I wasn’t sure what I should do…wait and hope the mother crossed, or the fawn crossed, or just move on. I took a few quick photos. We hikers looked at each other wondering what would happen next then the Mother bounded up the hill the wrong way! Then the fawn sped down the hill into the bushes the wrong way! I continued down the mountain all the while hoping they’d reunite.
An anxious Doe!
I hiked a lot of miles in June. My elevation gained totals are incredible. The total floored me again when I added it up. I took a lot of neat wildlife and flower photographs while hiking in this park during the month of June, but these two photos are my favorites.
Just seven more weeks until the big hike to Yosemite’s Cloud’s Rest. I still am on track for successfully completing that hike.
JUNE Hiking Report
*6/2/2011- 8.15 miles, 2,170ft, 3h10m PG&E trail out & back
6/7/2011- 10 miles, 2,549 ft, 4h 33m Rhus Ridge to Black Mt Trail out & Back
6/10-12/2011- about 11 miles, at various parks and site around Sonoma Coastal area. Many parks were closed due to budget cuts so we had to drive to other locations to do any hiking.
6/16/2011- 8.15miles, 1,962ft, 3h 5m, PG&E out & back to Vista Point
**6/19/2011- 6.2miles, 2,197 ft, 3h, Mission Peak- Peak Trail the steep route
6/21/2011- 8.15miles, 1,962ft, 3h3m, PG&E trail out & back
6/25/2011-6.45 miles, 2,236 ft, 3h24m, Horse Heaven trail up, Peak Trail down- time to the top 2h4m
6/29/2011- 2.4m, 2,100ft, 1h20 mins. Horse Heaven Trail out & back
June Total Feet Climbed
June total Miles Hiked
*6/2/2011 total ft is average of 3 measurements
2123ft, 1962ft & 2427ft.
6/16/2011 time to Vista Point 1h34m! Fastest yet, even stopping to take photos!!!
** 6/19/2011 started ascent at 320Ft, Vineyard Drive
6/21/2011- start time 6:37a.m. Time @ Vista Point 8:13a.m. =1h40m
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