On the night before the snow, I captured this photo of K in the setting sun. I love the winter light, especially at sunrise and sunset.
On the return part of my ride, I was shocked to see that a mountain lion had walked in my tire tracks in the short 20 minute time since I'd made them. I spotted the tracks and screeched to a halt.
The tracks weren't huge. I haven't made the exact measurements from my photos yet but I'm guessing that the lion was a subadult or a female. We may see photos of him from my cams tomorrow. Believe me, I didn't hang around to check any cams after seeing his tracks.
As the Runner pointed out, this incident was yet another example of the fact that our mountain lions don't want to eat us. As I pedaled along side the lion tracks, I was forced to focus on my riding, working hard to stay upright in the snow on a rocky trail. If that mountain lion had wanted to make me prey, I was an easy target. But, as usual, the lion held his fire and let me go in peace.
I did wish that I had a body guard with me. K always watches my back in dangerous situations. She's treed a lion in the past... but I'm not sure that I'd want to bet on one fleeing from her again. She's too precious to make that bet.