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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Another 70-degree Day

Hill west of the Organ Mountains
Beautiful morning for a hike today, and we took advantage of it by trekking up to First Arroyo and back.  On the way back we spotted somebody jogging far behind us, and as he caught up we bushwhacked into the desert beside LDR in order to avoid an encounter.

In doing so we did not see the woman heading north on LDR running with her two dogs--one medium size and one little.  She had to stop to put the pipsqueak on a lead, and that gave Willow and Frio time to rev up for some serious whining and barking.  No encounter, though.

When we got back on the dirt road we recognized the guy who had jogged past us--the male half of the man and woman couple we see frequently on Saturdays.  We never got close to him as he ran up the steep incline to the upper flatland.  About fifteen minutes later we crested the ridge and crossed over to our waiting CR-V.

Stick and shadow

Heelers with Dr. K

Another character along the way

This and the next:  Willow and Frio


This and the next:  far up First Arroyo


Soaptree Yucca at left, Torrey Yucca in center

Young Torrey Yucca

This and the next:  Dr. K with the Heelers


Looking down First Arroyo

This and the next 2:  hot-air balloon



Prickly Pear Cactus

Looking north on LDR

Tortugas and the Organs

Former frog or lizard stick

 

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I like that second photo of the hot air balloon. That's a good sign that spring is on its way.

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