We saw nobody on our outbound leg, but on the way back in we encountered a friendly hiker who commented about how beautiful Willow and Frio are while Frio barked at him nonstop. The guy said he'd had a couple of dogs who had similar coat markings. He tried talking to Frio to calm him down, but I explained to the man that Frio couldn't hear him. We parted company then.
Further along the road we watched a woman drive her white SUV toward us before pulling over into a parking area. She got out and opened her tailgate, letting us know she had dogs inside. Frio barked at her continuously even after we'd passed by. He got even more vociferous when he spotted her dogs, turning back and pulling on the lead. During all the ruckus Willow was a perfect lady, and I keep hoping her exemplary behavior will rub off on him.
|Harbinger of weather to come|
|East toward the Organs|
|This and the next 2: closing in on the Organ Mountains|
|This and the next: Heelers learning to "come"|
|Long way back to our CR-V|
|Storm over the Franklin Mountains, El Paso, Texas|
|Changing weather as we made our way back|