|Getting an early start today|
With the exception of descending the entire length of LDR-A we did pretty much the same hike as yesterday: along the east/west cross trail to the new arroyo, up the left branch and then back down to the intersection with the right branch, up the right branch and then out by climbing the steep hill back to the upper flatland road.
We had a close encounter of the fourth kind with the man and woman who hike with their Basset Hounds; the hikers put their dogs on leads and all four of the canines were incredibly well behaved, unlike my two unruly Heelers who went ballistic upon seeing the other dogs. Frio I was able to control easily, but Willow seemed almost vicious as she snarled and barked at the Bassets. I had to pull her in front of the CR-V to get the other dogs out of her line of sight. Her behavior is really disconcerting at times.
|Distant view of Tortugas and the Organ Mountains|
|All such photos are "Chihuahuan Desert sky"|
|Heelers in Left Branch Arroyo|
|This & next: chert?|
|Willow and Frio in Right Branch Arroyo|
|Old tree in Right Branch Arroyo|
|Tortugas (left) and the Organ Mountains|
|Somebody (not us) got an early Peace-on-Earth start|