On my local hike, I've seen lots of animals around sunset, and in July I sometimes see tarantulas, but this was new. Tonight right on the trail I found a tarantula hawk dragging away its prey. The tarantula hawk is a giant wasp that preys on tarantulas - sort of. It's one of the nastiest tales in nature.
I've led our hiking club at work since 1997, with members from all over Southern CA. I also volunteer with the Pacific Crest Trail Association as an Area Coordinator in LA County, and since 1998 maintain the local PCT as a member of the Southern California Trail Gorillas.