Have to to tell you about an amazing thing that happened on my hike last week–
I saw some of Santa’s reindeer!!!
I think they were vacationing to rest up for Christmas Eve….
I only had my cell phone for photos, so please bear with me on the quality….
****I did capture some video -but first, let me show you
a photo with the deer labelled so you know where to look.
Here’s the video…but they are almost too tiny to see….
Pretty cool, though, don’t you think?
So amazing in fact we decided to return the next day with our real cameras and zoom lenses….
but, of course, no deer….
but lots of beauty!
Even some icicles in the trees (well, sorta…) and frost on the fence posts…
These were all captured on the Crest to Crest Trail at Lake Hodges…
(enter the trail near the North County Mall and hike east)
Well at least now we all know that Santa’s reindeer are all rested-and ready for their journey…..
And a Merry Christmas to all…and to all a goodnight….
Mule deer are generally easy to identify due to their large mule-like ears.
They usually have a distinctive black forehead, or mask, that contrasts sharply with a light grey face.
Mule deer are brownish-gray in color, have a white rump patch and
a small white tail with a black tip.
Mule deer are primarily browsers, with a majority of their diet comprised of forbs (weeds) and browse (leaves and twigs of woody shrubs).
Mule deer range from 3 to 7 feet long. They can weigh between 130-280 pounds.
The female deer are smaller than the male.