|View of the Organs from Tortugas Mountain|
One woman who went into the building before me was irate. She said to the officer, "Excuse me, but somebody has to call to give us this information. I'm a teacher, and I just can't take off work for nothing." When the female officer failed to respond the teacher approached and said, "I'm sorry to bother you, but somebody has got to call." I couldn't hear what the officer said, but the teacher backed away, looked at me in frustration while raising her hands and shrugging exasperatedly. I just shook my head in sympathy, not feeling all that bad about the circumstances.
I got home a little before 2, quickly changed into hiking clothes and drove over to do an hour hike on the Sunset side of Tortugas Mountain. There were a few other people out there, but the conditions were a bit raw: cloudy and windy, though the sun did put in a brief appearance at times.
|Guy hiking the high trail|
|This and the next: snowy Organs|
|Sunshine highlighting La Cueva Rocks|
|This high section is part of the trail clockwise around Tortugas Mountain|
|Organs and the flank of Tortugas|
|Torrey Yuccas and the Organ Mountains|
|Heading south on the high trail|
|The rest: Yuccas near the mountain|