Enchanted Forest and Felton Memorial Trails 9-10-18

Photos by Denise and Jerry

We opted for smoke-free today and that took us to the short hike at the Enchanted Forest. Any temptation to go straight to the top was eliminated by a hiker informing us he had seen a large bear up there. He then showed us a wicked looking knife and a chihuahua he had brought to protect him. In fairness the chihuahua wouldn't have made a decent lunch for a large bear. He also had a small bulldog but he wasn't of the barred teeth variety. We were puzzled by the knife but figured it must be a life changing experience for a San Diego resident to be in the wild. 

We took a group picture at the old pickup, turned towards the memorial, then came upon  a scene of recent carnage. The trail was littered with large feathers, black at the bottom and white thereafter, about a foot long. The rest of the bird had disappeared so something had plucked the bird and gone off with it. The best guess was a large owl as the victim and a cougar as the assailant.  This required intense forensic examination, followed by ill-informed guesses. 

We achieved the Memorial well before the sun was over the yard arm so it was decided to retire to Woolridge Winery for a couple of bottles of wine to drink with our modest lunches. A few appetizers were added by our hikers and life was good. We toasted our Dolomite Group struggling through the mountain passes, after our mild perspiration had settled. A perfect day with a perfect ending. 

Ashland Hiking Home

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