Lots of wildlife!

Peak Summited2020 Volcan Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadFive Oaks up, Volcan down
EncounteredRipe berries
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

I saw a lot of wild life, including a coyote, a rattlesnake, two bunnies, 4 deer, numerous hawks and red-headed woodpeckers, one golden finch, 3 owls, and what I believe were two peregrine falcons. I did not know peregrine falcons could hover in the air like a helicopter without moving at all, for such a long time. I was so fascinated with what I was seeing that by the time I finally realized I should be getting this on video, I grabbed my phone and they were gone when I looked up. Full disclosure, the owls I saw on my drive home.

I learned something about the rattlesnake that I saw. What I thought was a safe distance and what the rattlesnake thought was a safe distance was not the same. The snake seems to think I am able to move much faster than what I am really able. Anyway, he wasn't going to move until he was certain that I wasn't a threat. He kept his head up and his tail up, but he didn't rattle his tail. I had to go that way to get out, and I was hoping to get out before the sun set but, since 15 yards away wasn't enough for the snake to feel safe, I backed away further and then turned around and walked another 100 yards away. When I finally returned, I saw the snake doing a U-turn and going back into the brush. Snakes kinda give me the heebee-geebees, but this one meant me no harm.

The trees and the views on this hike were also stunningly beautiful. I really enjoyed myself. I'm not a peak bagger, but I'm trying to prepare for a bigger adventure I have planned, so I need elevation, vertical gain, and increasing weight on my back. Wish me luck, I'm an out of shape old lady!

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