|First 3: views while hiking south on the west side of Tortugas Mountain|
There were no people where I ended up halfway through my morning trek: far in the outback after bushwhacking and following faint animal trails. I'm always hoping for larger mammal sightings, but no such luck this morning. I have no problem only encountering all the other usual desert critters because I delight in seeing them as well.
On the final leg of my hike, while heading back to Whitey the CR-V, I noticed that the Sunset Area was even more crowded than before, with cars packed into the parking lot and a slew of other vehicles stationed alongside the entry road as well as in the parking area next to Dripping Springs Road.
|Soaptree in black-and-white|
|This and the next: opposite views from the same spot in an arroyo|
|Hiking out of the arroyo|
|Trying to find the animal trail I'd been following|
|Soaptree Yucca and Creosote Bush|
|This and the next: Cactus Wren|
|The beak says, "Crissal Thrasher"|
|I've got to get a closer look at this one|
|The rest: same Loggerhead Shrike after flying to an Ocotillo branch|