West Cliff, Wilder, Bobcat
Got to take a bike ride Sunday. First time in way too long. My nephew Ben and I drove down to Bay, rode down to the Dream Inn, and all the way along West Cliff (got rained on a bit) to Fallen Arches Park, then out to Wilder and along the coast road/trail to the Fern Grotto.
A couple of turns before the grotto, we saw a big bobcat out there. He was walking across the trail some 30 feet in front of us, and the only brush was a 20-foot-wide strip of low bushes between the trail and a plowed brussels-sprouts field. The cat walked to the other end of the brush, and then just held still (apparently hoping that we hadn't noticed it). We watched for two or three minutes, then rode on out to the grotto. On the way, we told a group of hikers to look for the cat.
After clambering down to the beach and checking out the cave, we came back up and rode back towards park HQ. The hikers were clumped at the cat's spot, staring. It had made it farther away from the trail, and the people were just looking. One said that he thought it had caught something, because of the way its head was moving.
The cat's tail was about six inches long, and it was amazing to look at, with tabby-like fur and black-and-white ear and tail markings.