Truthfully, I actually haven’t lived in California for about a year and a half now. Nonetheless, to see more of what is not California, I recently went on a trip with some friends to Kentucky to see the Red River Gorge. I needed to get my dose of mountains that keeps me going strong. The mountains were majestic, and I also met a skink.
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to go on top of Coyote Ridge on the east side of the south bay to look for tule elk. No tule elk for us, at least not on that day HOWEVER! We did see plenty bay checkerspot butterflies, which are a federally endangered species, some of their caterpillars (!!!), a few horned larks, golden eagles, red-tails…. It was also just a gorgeous day, with the hills green and purple and white and gold and orange from all the wildflowers.