My favorite animal is the toad. I like all kinds, but the Black Toad (Bufo exsul, exiled toad) is probably my favorite. They are a beautiful color and can only be found in a couple locations in the Great Basin. One location is the Deep Springs Valley in Inyo County California. Deep springs Valley is a beautiful high desert valley in the inyo-white mountains, east of Big Pine, CA on Hwy 168. It the home of Deep Springs College, an all male, private, alternative college.
This week I'm going to help a friend count toads, not black toads... maybe a new species, in the Dixie Valley area just east of Reno. I'm not sure if I'm going to be camping or coming back to Reno each night. So if I don't post on Wednesday you know why... I'm out chasing toads. I'm really glad to get to spend some quality time with one of my favorite critters. I'll post some pictures if I get them.