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Thursday, February 21, 2019

"A" Mountain #1

GPS track of this morning's hike
I kept our morning trek down to about 2 miles because I wanted to go a little easier on Becca today--and on myself as well.  Nevertheless we did some hiking on rocky trails that required a good bit of climbing and descending.  I took the Garmin eTrex along because I wanted to record the track of a short hike I put together using separate routes I'd never combined before.  It was a pretty decent outing, especially because the weather was good, and the wind was absent--unlike yesterday.

There were other outdoor enthusiasts on and about the mountain, but we ran into no one on the trails we chose to hike.  Unfortunately, with the exception of a few Desert Cottontails and a sparrow here and there, we encountered no wildlife.  I had hoped to capture some images of animals, but not even the rabbits were cooperative, dashing off just as I pulled my camera out.
Clouds over Tortugas (aka "A" Mountain)

Creosote, Prickly Pear and Ocotillos


Choosing this trail

Headed up

This trail will take you to the top, but we're not going there

Mountain climbing dog

Looking back at a short, steep stretch we just climbed

In the higher elevations

This rock looks part robot

Corpse of a long-dead yucca

Organ Mountains from Tortugas Mountain

And again


Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I like seeing the GPS tracks of your hikes, Packrat.

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