|Torrey Yucca at the edge of an arroyo|
We left from our regular departure point at Tellbrook, hiked up the long dirt road to the "new" arroyo, dipped into the arroyo for a shade-and-water break, circled back to the long dirt road and followed it to the intersection with the east/west road.
We headed east from there toward Tortugas Mountain, but turned around before going too far. It was already starting to feel pretty warm, and neither Frio, Willow nor I were in the mood to roast just to get in a long hike. So we retraced our steps to the waiting CR-V.
|Soaptree Yucca leaves|
|That Torrey Yucca/that arroyo|
|Dog's eye view of the arroyo|
|Kneeling human perspective of the same arroyo|
|At right: the way we just came|
|A new Soaptree Yucca stalk next to an old one|
|Further up the arroyo|
|Desert west of Tortugas and the Organ Mountains|
|Little white squiggle means White Sands Missile Range test this morning|
|Whitethorn Acacia are blooming|
|The rest: Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata), also called "Cottontop"|