Such a fun ride today. Pic is where we had lunch. All the streams are still running well, lots of ferns all around them. Went around a turn and slowed to not hit a lizard...or something. Another lizard right behind? Nope was a group of 1 and a half inch tall baby quails chasing a group of adults. Stopped to let them all line up and followed for about 30 yards , adult heads turning constantly. Around 20 baby quails chasing the adults and quickly disappearing in small pine trees branches. So fun to see those critters. Also saw a huge Red Tail hawk close up. It was lounging about 30 feet up, I startled it, it jumped from branch fell like 10 feet for velocity, opened wings and cruised thru branches comfortably.
Very relaxed, fun 65 mile ride. Forest smelled so good. Low growing misery bushes gave off earthy, herbaceous sent, cedars sharp sap and some bushes still have flowers for sweet floral sent...what a ride! Must be getting old. Most of this stuff would have been un noticed by me years ago...now it's my favorite part . Age ain't that bad ...