Horny Toad Crossing

Pedaling up on La Cima, before cresting out and beginning the short downhill into the parking lot to then connect on the single track over to Lucky 5, a horny toad ran across the trail.  I was so happy to see him/her scurry in front of me.

I got off my bike, got out my camera, and took a few looks into the scrub where s/he ran.  Nothing.  I walked around, surveying a few open spots in the brush to see if maybe s/he was sunning.  Nothing.

Determined, I got down on my hands and knees and looked again in the scrub brush where s/he ran, thinking that if i allow my eyes to adjust, maybe I’d see my first horny toad in the wild.

See him/her:

Horny Toad, Cuyamaca Mountains, San Diego County, CA

How about this time?!

Horny Toad, Cuyamaca Mountains, San Diego County, CA

I zoomed in with the camera:

Horny Toad, Cuyamaca Mountains, San Diego County, CA

And then zoomed a little more:

Horny Toad, Cuyamaca Mountains, San Diego County, CA

Such beauty is what keeps me going back out into the mountains!

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