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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