|They're refurbishing rather than tearing down the observatory|
I took that road back up to the northernmost dirt road and hiked it west just south of the major arroyo all the way back to Geothermal Road.
From that location it's just a matter of a half mile or so back to the spot where I'd left the CR-V in the parking lot near the entrance to the NMSU golf course. There were two guys just starting up Geothermal when I got there, but they were the only other people I saw in the area.
|Climbing Milkweed seed pods|
|Climbing Milkweed flowers|
|I'll pretend I'm a thorn|
|Heading east in the major arroyo|
|Hairy False Goldenaster|
|Further up the arroyo|
|Climbing Milkweed seed disbursement chute|
|Growing everywhere in the arroyo|
|This and the next 5: Goldfinches in Goldenaster|
|Way up the arroyo|
|This and the next: dead tree|