After attending a conference in San Diego this week, I took off for the hills and saw this bug outside my cabin, the key from which I used as a scale. I thought it was a Cricket and after a couple of Googles, found your site and a picture of a Potato Bug or Jerusalem Cricket by trying "insect cricket california". I was once a zoologist but this is the first taxonomy I hav done for about 30 years. Thanks for the help.
We always like a new Potato Bug image on our homepage since we get so many requests for its identification.