South County Wildness

Terry Chen captured a slice of South County wildness in a recent post.

But, in the year that I’ve lived in the South County wildnerness, I’ve been surprised how wild it really is down here.

For example, here’s the welcome sign the area management company posted at the entrance to a hiking trail in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Quite honestly, I was apprehensive about taking solo hikes in the hills above my house last summer. I’m more comfortable now, but it’s a better idea to hike with a friend.

I regularly see coyotes on my morning bicycle rides and evening walks. They’re bold scavengers.

As a result of the abundant wild life and the 55-mile per hour automobile traffic, South County has the freshest road kill in the county, especially in the early morning before the managment companies scoop it up and sanitize the scene.

With that being said, let me know if you want suggestions for taking a hike down here.

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