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Monday, January 24, 2022

A "Bit" or a "Tad" Warmer

Roll out the barrel
29F when we headed out this morning, but with little wind and bright sunshine conditions warmed quickly.  Although I wore an ear band and gloves at the start, I removed them less than halfway through our trek.

I won't discuss the Heelers' behavior this morning; suffice it to say I'm absolutely disgusted with their performance--all because they heard people talking while descending LDR.

After the hike we drove over to the small post office on Union to mail a few bills.  I swear that the new deposit box they installed in the drive through lane is meant to dislocate patrons' shoulders as they attempt to put mail in the slot.

This & next 4:  artsy shots of the morning moon

Northern Chihuahuan Desert scene

There's a desert denizen over that way

Faxon Yucca

This & next:  more moon shots

Hedgehog Cactus

This & next:  morning moon shots

Looking north down Right Branch Arroyo

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Alternating Temps

Headed down LDR-A arroyo
It was a cold 29F when we started our trek this morning.  I already had donned an ear band, but I put my gloves on almost as soon as we got going.  Because it was partly cloudy a weird alternating temperature phenomenon was in effect, conditions feeling colder and warmer depending on whether the sun was shining or not.

About midway through the hike I took my gloves off, but almost immediately wanted to put them back on; the same with the ear band.  I finally just left them off as we trekked up Right Branch Arroyo on the final leg of our hike.

Heelers were relatively well behaved today, getting used to their new Kurgo harnesses on this their second day of wearing them.

This & next 2:  Organ Mountains

Puffy clouds

View west

Willow and Frio in Right Branch Arroyo

Looking back down the right branch

View from the upper flatland road

Organ Mountains

Still hanging on in late January


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Cold, Cold Wind

Western flank of Tortugas Mountain
Even though it was 33F when we started off this morning--a temperature quite bearable when the sun shines brightly--it felt cold as hell out there today because of a strong, cold wind.  When we headed down the LDR-A arroyo my primary thought was "I'm going to cut this hike short."

By the time we entered the new arroyo, however, conditions had improved due to our location; the wind was blocked from us.  The same was true in both the left branch and the right, so we did our normal trek.

Neither Frio nor Willow seemed affected by the weather, and both would have preferred to stay out in the desert even longer than we did.

Lone cloud

Allthorn (Koberlinia spinosa)

Torrey Yuccas

The rest:  Frio and Willow


Friday, January 21, 2022

Eight Degrees

First 3:  I've never seen clouds like this near the Organs
27F when we started off this morning, 35F when we ended up.  Fortunately the wind wasn't blowing or it would have felt truly freezing out there.  Willow and Frio didn't mind, of course; they were too interested in every desert critter scent that wafted their way.

We did the LDR-A arroyo, and then crossed over to the new arroyo, opting for the middle branch rather than the left.  When we got far up into its source we turned around and went down to the right branch, which we trekked up into its head.  From there we exited the arroyo by climbing the steep hill next to the upper flatland road.

The hike today was a bit of a struggle due to the Heelers' relentless efforts to pull ahead to discover the sources of the many aromas on our outing.


Thin clouds near the Organs

Odd cloud

This & next:  different Barrel Cacti

Got a few thorns in my boot

Frio and Willow

Barrel Cactus

Soaptree Yucca with deadwood

Torrey Yucca

Willow and Frio


Black-throated Sparrow


A "Bit" or a "Tad" Warmer

Roll out the barrel 29F when we headed out this morning, but with little wind and bright sunshine conditions warmed quickly.  Although I wor...