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The Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion by Eric Kilby

When we were camping in Joseph D. Grant Santa Clara County Park the camp host told us that we were in mountain lion country. The mountain lion is a solitary creature and travels in ones or twos. When on all four legs at its highest point it is just above the knee of a man six feet tall.

The mountain lion is also know as the puma or cougar and prays mainly on deer but also feeds on smaller animals such as raccoons, porcupines and coyotes. Mountain lions are found mostly in California, Mexico and South America but are often found in Canadian forests as well.

So next time you’re camping in the Americas look out for a mountain lion, if your lucky you might just spot one!

Reflections, Camping Day 8, Lake McSwain

Early morning at Lake McSwain. First time I’ve managed to be up before the kids. Torn between sitting & writing, taking a wander around the campground to enjoy the early morning light, or getting started on coffee & pancakes.

Just really enjoying the quiet, though I think I hear movement from kids in the tent. Being up before them is a joy, I think I will try to make it a common practice.

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Early Morning Light

[Later, same day]

We stopped at the store in Snelling, California today (population 200 odd), and it reminded me of the corner store in Mossy Point when I was a child. The only store around, so it carried a little of everything. Groceries of course, but also plumbing supplies, camping supplies, hats, toys, some seemingly decades old hair ties, sporting equipment, and more besides. Oh and Starbucks Frappaccinos and a soda & ice machine.

[Later again]
Everyone’s asleep except me, but I am ensconced in the tent with them.

I went out to use the restroom after finally getting Elli settled and down, and the stars tonight are amazing. Being a Sunday, everyone else ┬ápacked up and left while we were at the lake today,┬ábar one couple in an RV. So there’s no other light or noise (RV couple appearing to be asleep already too). It’s just the beautiful Milky Way, thick with stars.

It’s been hot with loads of flies, and remarkably like Australia here, but different too.We saw blue birds here in the day time, and hawks quite close, and a bat fluttering around against the sky, just as dusk was starting to give way to night.

Next stop: Stanislaus National Forest, and Yosemite.

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