Date: December 10, 14, 2013
Place: Garin Regional Park, Hayward, California
Coordinates: 37.62966, -122.02803
Length: nearly 3 miles
|Vista Loop Trail. Map downloaded from the EBRPD site.|
I arrived at the old barn and headed south toward the Vista Peak Loop. The hills were at my right-hand side and on a small tree at the base of the hill I saw a lovely couple of kestrels.
|Dry Creek, flowing|
|A view of the Old Homestead Trail that continues along Dry Creek|
I saw a brown spot approaching the pond so I pulled out my binoculars to see what that was. My heart missed a bit when I recognized it:
|Bobcat approaching the pond|
|Into the bushes|
|Live oaks shading the trail|
So I went onward, up and between the hills.
|Red-tailed Hawk. Photo by Papa Quail, 12/14/13|
|Coastal Live Oak|
|The oaks on Vista Peak|
Or a slanted tree, neatly trimmed by grazers:
And pretty birds on shrubs:
|Yellow-rumped Warbler, 12/14/13, photo by Papa Quail|
|Black Phoebe, 12/14/13, photo by Papa Quail|
I completed the loop and went down the trail toward the cattle gate. There was no trace of the bobcat, but my way was blocked by a pregnant cow who stared at me with hostility. Having faced a hostile cow in Sunol a few years ago, I didn't take any chances and made a large detour around the cow while constantly talking to her calmly and reassuringly.
I hiked this trail by myself on 12/10 and 4 days later I lead my chikas' 4H group there. Needless to say, the bobcat wan't waiting for us. Nonetheless, everyone had a great time, chidden and adults alike.