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Date: 8-22-2017 12:04 AM
Subject: Coyote Creek Trail
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Tags:canopy, coyote creek, field trip, lizard, morgan hill, sign, thistle
Coyote Creek Trail

On Saturday D. and I took a short walk on the Coyote Creek Trail near Morgan Hill, where we saw lingering damage from the catastrophic floods that occurred last February.  Before long I felt weak and light-headed, and had to lie down on the trail for several minutes while my heart pounded, so we had to cut our walk short.  Here are the pics I took before we had to turn around and come home.

We see the place where the flood waters scraped pavement off the road and dumped it beside the creek.

Coyote Creek.

The flood waters raced along the side of the road and gouged it out.

Coyote Creek Trail.

Some of the flood waters tore up the trail's shoulder.

Thick stands of dead thistles line the trail.

Another look at the trail.

The branches of a dead walnut tree lean over the trail.

The creek banks are lined with huge tree trunks and branches left behind by the flood.

The last time we visited this particular stretch, this spot was shady and filled with underbrush, all of which got scoured away by the flood, leaving behind a bare, pebbly beach.

Coyote Creek.

A molting lizard with a collar of loose skin eyes us from the side of the trail.

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