A small newt (Taricha sp.) was walking across the sand!
I kneeled down to get a closer look:
I tried to get a close-up of the eye, because I know the coloration of the eyelid can be helpful when trying to identify local newts:
I was thinking this might be a Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa), but I'm not sure, and I don't have much experience identifying different species of Taricha. So if you've looked at a lot of newts, and can identify which species this is, please let me know. (And if you confirm that it's Taricha granulosa, I'll be able to say, "I knew't!")
Here's the newt walking quickly into some nearby shrubs...continuing its after-rain adventure!