117 - Vellacitos Trail, Del Valle. This short, 1 mile long trail along a ravine is a shaded, forested delight with short but steep inclines and switchbacks. On this hike, for the first time I heard water gurgling in the bottom of the ravine. Jazz, my dog, startled by a horseback rider coming around a bend, took off in the opposite direction like she'd seen a ghost! Abandoned on the trail by mans best friend, I had to go in search of her, backstepping 100 feet or so before I found her. We engage in role reversal, this dog an I. Protector and protected, we flip flop like a live fish in a frying pan, contingent upon the scenario encountered.