|Exploring a desert wash|
The Heelers were really well behaved during our outing, though at one point I was thankful I didn't have them off lead. We flushed a Desert Cottontail out of a bush no more than three feet in front of Willow, and both she and Frio put a real strain on the retractable leashes as they lunged forward. That gave me pause for thought, though I did let them off lead several times afterwards, but mainly when we stopped for drinks of water. One thing that more or less guarantees the good behavior of the Heelers: seeing no other dogs in the desert.
Even though we stayed hydrated during our morning trek, all three of us were glad to get back to Whitey the CR-V at hike's end. Temperatures have risen over the past few days; we're headed for 80F this afternoon.
|Soaptree and Creosote|
|Soaptree Yucca stalk|
|Tortugas and the Organs|
|All red cactus flowers are Claret Cups (Dry Brush filter on this one only)|
|This and the next: Scott's Oriole|
|Frio and Willow on the long dirt road|