|The scene when I went to check the camera|
Rewind two weeks. The previous days of summer had seen camera trap sets that produced stirring images of blades of grass and posing hikers, but no critters.
I had been walking back from another epic failure when I noticed an IMMENSE pile of scat in the middle of the fire road/trail. Now this was a truly epic shitpile. Upon closer examination it appeared that each layer was from a different animal, and they delicately left their mark in a version of the classic game, Jenga.
I tucked the location away in the old memory (as well as GPS) and returned a week later with full supplies.
The Jenga game was still on as I searched the area around the trail. To one side was a gap among the bay trees, with a game trail shrouded in poison oak. I leapt down and discovered that the brush quickly cleared and a wide avenue lay before.
I ran from possible set location to set location like an uncaged border collie, finally settling on side view of the avenue, where it forked into a seasonal creek.
Two weeks later, we had a loser in the Jenga game and a few sweet images to get off the summer snide.
More to come from the exciting location...