|First 2: smoke worse than yesterday|
We ran into nary a critter during our outing; all, undoubtedly, having the good sense to stay out of the heat and smoke. Heelers had the smarts to take many shade breaks, and I accommodated them.
I love getting out for our morning treks in the desert, but when conditions are as dire as they were today I can't wait for the hike to end. At one point this morning I told the Heelers, "Let's get this hike over with as soon as possible."
|Soaptree Yucca, mesquite tree and moon|
|This & next: same Soaptree Yucca as above|
|Desert Willow near the Tellbrook Arroyo|
|Three fliers through the smoke|
|Yucca shade break|
|Long view toward Tortugas Mountain|
|This & next: our favorite Torrey Yucca|
|Willow and Frio|
|Almost a blossom|
|Yellow sap oozing out of Prickly Pear pad|
|Deadwood in Right Branch Arroyo|
|Organ Mountains are back there|