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Friday, January 25, 2019

Something New

25F when Becca and I set off early on a morning hike today.  We trekked for about a mile until we reached the sunshine, and, boy, was it welcome relief from the cold.  After we headed west down Geothermal Road for a short distance we turned left across the lineworker program grounds, and then began bushwhacking in a southerly direction.  It was a great excursion in that we discovered areas we'd not been in before, and I was able to capture a few images of these places.  We struck across some pretty rough terrain until reaching the single-track on the west side of Tortugas Mountain, which we then followed back up into the higher foothills.  Needless to say we didn't encounter any other outdoor enthusiasts in the outback, but we did bump into a man and woman hiking with their dog closer to the road to the mountaintop.  Upon our return to the Sunset area I was surprised to see the parking lot there quite full, but there was a remarkable absence of human beings in the vicinity.
Soaptree Yuccas and Ocotillos
West of Tortugas

Friday morning moon

Baby Barrel Cactus (6 inches tall)

Gnarly old Ocotillo

Temporarily changing direction

Becca loves bushwhacking

We often encounter rough terrain while bushwhacking

More of the same

Ocotillo and moon

Artsy moon

Deep arroyo west of the mountain

♫ There were yuccas on a hill, but I never heard them singing ♫

Young Soaptree Yuccas and a rodent hole

Four-foot-tall and gnarly Barrel Cactus

Hedgehog Cactus

Ocotillo, Strawberry Hedgehog, Prickly Pear and distant yuccas

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I like those two photos of the moon, Packrat. It sounds like a good morning--sunny, crisp and cold--for a desert hike.

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