|The Heelers and Dr. K|
We drove back to the Monte Vista area of Tortugas Mountain, parked our vehicle along the entrance road and began a second trek east of the mountain. Right off the bat we encountered a mountain biker approaching from the rear who gave a heads-up by saying, "Coming up on your right side." Frio and I, Dr. K and Willow stepped to the left, and the guy went by, thanking us for moving aside. The dogs were well-behaved; Frio only barked once.
We saw a guy and (presumably) his wife hiking the upper loop trail with their baby, and on the way back in we saw a man with a dog hiking the same loop; the guy waved to us. Frio was very interested in the dog and gave a few barks, but I distracted him with a treat I employed in the "tease-and-draw" maneuver I learned when I took Becca to obedience school. It worked well on Mr. Frio, who loves his treats.
One thing I learned about Frio during the last few days while carrying a treat pouch: don't bend down to pull a thorn from his foot without first cinching the draw cord on the pouch. More than once now I've discovered Mr. Frio's snout in the pouch nibbling on treats while I concentrated on removing said thorn. :)
|Notice the Barrel Cactus (bottom center) in this photo|
|Closer view of the barrel reveals damage from hungry Javelinas|
|Four intact Barrel Cacti|
|This and the next: Organ Mountains|
|Massive boulder on Tortugas Mountain's north side|
|Prickly Pear McMuffin for a hungry Javelina|
|Wedge of blue|
|Following this road east|
|Soledad Canyon Road|
|Southern section of the Organ Mountains|