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    I wish I had a camera at the time, but this happened before every cell phone had a camera and mine didn't...

    I was riding Oat Hill Mine rd. right outside of Calistoga in '09. I was on my Santa Cruz and making pretty good time, when I got into a somewhat technical section and hit my right heel on a rock. The impact popped my foot out of my pedal and I lost my rythm. I took that opportunity to grab a drink from my bottle and catch my breath for a minute.

    As my breathing settled, I heard this rattling noise which sounded like the purr of a house cat, but very rough and rattly and pretty loud. I looked over my left shoulder and behind a bush about 20 feet away was a rather large Mountain Lion. Apparently she (?) was content form the feast on the last mountain biker, as she just looked at me. Not so calmly, I got my bike between the cat and myself and picked it up and shook it. Well, with deraillers, chains, cables and all making noise, she decided to leave. She went down the hill and into a ravine, I was Lance Armstrong for the next 1/2 mile or so.

    The problem was that I was riding Oat Hill as an out and back and had to come back by that spot about a half hour later. As I approached that area, I took stock of myself and hauled ass!

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    Wildlife you have seen on trail...post your pics...

    ^^^ I think I would have sh1t myself in that situation!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    I wish I had a camera at the time, but this happened before every cell phone had a camera and mine didn't...

    ...about 20 feet away was a rather large Mountain Lion.
    Even if you had a camera I doubt you would've been thinking "Perhaps I should snap a quick photo".

    I have never encountered a large cat, but have had a few 'closer than I would like' bear encounters. Most often they are far enough away. But, in the few close encounters, my last thought was: "What a great photo-op?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    You driving a Ram?
    No! The ram was about to ram my truck and realized it was a Toyota so he changed his mind. Luckily!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    No! The ram was about to ram my truck and realized it was a Toyota so he changed his mind. Luckily!

    There ya go! If you had a Ram you may be lookin to make a ewe turn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    Even if you had a camera I doubt you would've been thinking "Perhaps I should snap a quick photo".

    I have never encountered a large cat, but have had a few 'closer than I would like' bear encounters. Most often they are far enough away. But, in the few close encounters, my last thought was: "What a great photo-op?"
    You are absolutely right! I've never been so in touch with my position in the food chain until then when I realized I wasn't ncessarily on the top of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post

    There ya go! If you had a Ram you may be lookin to make a ewe turn.
    Booo
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    Booo
    I know... I'll be here all week...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    I know... I'll be here all week...
    Be sure to tip your hard working waitresses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mookie View Post
    Be sure to tip your hard working waitresses.
    Just the tip? I'm no good at that game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    Just the tip? I'm no good at that game.
    That's what the emcee might say at the end of the night to the patrons.
    Last edited by Mookie; 08-16-2014 at 12:10 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post

    There ya go! If you had a Ram you may be lookin to make a ewe turn.
    I'd give ya some green for that but apparently I've given you too much recently.
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    Been riding a new to me trail and have discovered my new favorite reptile, the ring-necked lizard. I thought there were two different varieties until Hawg informed me that the pale ones are female and the more vibrantly colored green ones are male. They're quite lively and like to stop to look back and check you out.

    This female ran ahead of me on the trail for a couple hundred feet, lol!



    The males are bright green/blue with a yellow chest, super cool looking, especially on the rust colored rocks found elsewhere on the trail.



    Caught this little box turtle right in the middle of lunch at my local trail.


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    Cornfield very cool sightings. Love the reptiles. ^^^

    This morning drive to work I had a slight delay. A big old bull elk decided he wanted to cross the road just as I was passing him. I pulled over to avoid a collision because you never know if they're going to bolt out in front of you. Anyway my photo taking was a bit off because I missed taking a picture as he "loped" over the barbwire fence on the other side. Yes he walked up to the fence and just loped his giant self over.
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    Few skippy's in a paddock, Mt Bold, South Australia.

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    Magpie swooping season has just started here, I went for hundy today and got hit dozens of times by at least 20 maggies over the whole route. Had enough of dodging them so grabbed a selfie with this bugger... landed on my back 3 times while I was trying to get a pic.

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    This is my land and don't forget it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzybmx View Post
    Magpie swooping season has just started here, I went for hundy today and got hit dozens of times by at least 20 maggies over the whole route. Had enough of dodging them so grabbed a selfie with this bugger... landed on my back 3 times while I was trying to get a pic.
    That's ^^^ pretty funny.
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    That's the best selfie I've seen yet, Ozzy!
    All I need are some tasty trails, cool bike, and I'm fine.

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    I regularly sees this troupe if I ride close to sunset at the local nature park.

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    Things i have almost ran over while at Sac...deer both adults and fawns, Missouri and ornate box turtles, 2 big black snakes one small green snake (that poor guy i did run over), and now I get to add a armadillo who after the initial shock of "oh god that guy almost ran me over" went back to foraging and was so focused on that that I got close enough to reach out and pick him up by the tail if i wanted to, and the best first time ever thing for me to see in the wild.....bobcat...about the length of my truck distance wise from me. If I had been going my normal speed on that part of the trail i dang near may have hit him. He ran a few feet then had to stop and turn to look at me I'm guessing to try to figure out what the hell that thing was. Watched each other for a few and he walked off. Gone by the time I got around the bend to the clearing for a good look. And of course the battery on my phone died before i got to the trails so no pics.

    I need a dang action cam for when I am riding. Any suggestions on a decent cheap one?
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    New Zealand Fur seal pup at the Murray Mouth in South Australia.

    There is a big colony of them on Kangaroo Island about 30km away... they have reduced the Little Penguin population from approx 4000 down to several hundred.

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    ^Cool!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzybmx View Post
    New Zealand Fur seal pup at the Murray Mouth in South Australia.

    There is a big colony of them on Kangaroo Island about 30km away... they have reduced the Little Penguin population from approx 4000 down to several hundred.

    Very cool!
    That seal pup doesn't know what to think of that monster tire thingamajig.
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