Today, the hike was at the James Dilley Preserve in Laguna Canyon. Within a few minutes of starting, we ran into this fellow:
I have a rule that all snakes I see on the trail are rattlesnakes and I give them a wide berth. I couldn't see the end of the snake - it was in the brush - so don't know if it had a rattle or not. There are signs at the trail head warning that there are rattlesnakes in the area. Anyone out there know what kind of snake this is? You can click on any picture to get a larger image.
There are only 3 natural lakes in Orange County and they're all here. This is a picture of Barbara's Lake. The other two lakes are named Lake 1 and Lake 2. Being in Laguna Canyon, home to a zillion art galleries, the signs here are pretty artsy.
I've also hiked at Irvine Regional Park, Santiago Oaks and another part of Laguna Canyon recently, but I don't have any good pictures to share of those. There are plenty of good places to walk and hike in this area and I plan to check out many more of them.