Warnings about bears and cougars are important to read in this area. When we got back to the trailhead a lady was reporting a cougar sighting near one of the trails we were walking along.
Sunshine in the treetops. Enjoy it while it lasts - summer is fading.
At one points along the trail we saw a little side trail and followed it and we ended up hitting a small cluster of houses. Some of the trails seem to have been lost to housing on the fringe areas, which makes parts of the walks less isolated then they should be.
The De Leo Wall is a thin track along quite a steep slope (pretty much a cliff) and it has a few scenic spots where you can stop and take a few pictures.
Wait a minute, isn't that a paperbark tree? What are you doing so far from home?
Decision Time: Continue along the De Leo Wall Trail or cut back to the trailhead?
When we reached this sign we were all feeling a little like going back home, but we were still facing the inevitable indecision that comes with groups of people. One of the folks on the walk (Bernie) has a good way of resolving such indecision that I'll share with you now.
- We pose the question 'Do you want to cut back to the trailhead'?
- Each person chooses a number from 1-5, where 1 means you would do it even if the rest of the group didn't and 5 means you wouldn't do it even if everyone else was going to, with 3 meaning you are indifferent.
- We resolve the numbers and choose whether to proceed.