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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Cold, Windy, but Sunny, Too

Tortugas Mountain
33F when we started off this morning; a stiff wind made it feel quite frigid.  The only thing that kept conditions relatively bearable was the bright sunshine.

It was too cold to stop for many photo-ops so I limited them to just a few and several short videos.

Frio and Willow were unconcerned about the weather, but Dr. K and I were more than happy to pile back into the CR-V.

Frio and Willow on pause

Frio and Willow headed up Right Branch Arroyo

Willow and Frio in the right branch


Wednesday, February 1, 2023

So-so Morning

1st 3:  morning sky
Rather cold when Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I began our hike this morning; just the slightest of breezes, but the sun wasn't in full shine mode.

We did our usual trek and saw nobody out in our section of the desert.  We did see the man and woman with their Basset Hounds at the side of the road when we were driving up Tellbrook en route to the trailhead.

Found the OBD2 port on the 2015 CR-V when we got back and ran a diagnostic check of the vehicle.  Everything seems OK.

The Ohs

This & next 2:  Tortugas and the Organs

Magdalena Peak

Dove on yucca stalk

Last 2:  distant views of Tortugas and the Organs


Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Black-throated Sparrow

View from LDR-A arroyo
Dr. K, Willow, Frio and I did our usual hike this morning.  With the exception of the fine specimen of a Black-throated Sparrow we saw no one of interest.

I'm late posting this afternoon because I spent a good deal of time after we got back searching for the OBD2 port on the inside of the 2015 CR-V, and still couldn't find it despite researching its location.  I'll try again later this afternoon.  Just wanted to do a diagnostic check of the vehicle before I take it back into Borman Honda for service.

Looking southwest from Left Branch Arroyo

Barrel-Cactus-eating Soaptree Yucca

Willow leading Frio down the middle branch


Frio and Willow relaxing

Torrey Yuccas

Light and shadow on the Organs

Way up in the right branch

Last 2:  Black-throated Sparrow


Monday, January 30, 2023

Monday Solo with Heelers

Three wise men
Willow, Frio and I did our usual hike alone this morning while Dr. K went grocery shopping.

The Heelers were a bit feisty all the way down LDR-A arroyo, but settled once we turned toward the Organs on the east/west cross trail.

They were fine the rest of the way, especially when I let them off lead in the Middle Branch Arroyo.

We saw nor heard anybody else while we were out there today.

This & next:  Frio and Willow

Tortugas and the Organs

Grass and Ocotillos


Sunday, January 29, 2023

Hello Warmth

Soaptree Yucca and the Organ Mountains
The problem with warmer weather is it brings the nature enthusiasts out on a Sunday morning; that was the case today.  First person we saw was a woman sitting in the mouth of LDR-A arroyo doing art (we think).  We exchanged greetings.

Then we saw a man, woman and dog bushwhacking west to east in the desert north of us.  They crossed LDR and disappeared into the brush.  After that we spotted Mr. and Mrs. Basset hiking with their hounds down a ridgeline just to the east of us.

Four or five vehicles were parked at the Tellbrook/Sonoma Ranch corner lot, and we saw one individual from that group standing on a ridge stationary for quite a while.

Despite the "crowd" we had a good time on our daily trek, reveling in the warmer weather.  Afterward we drove over to our local Circle K to fuel the CR-V.

LDR-A and LDR in the distance

Organ Mountains

Curve-billed Thrasher

Willow and Frio

Same Curve-billed Thrasher as above

This & next:  clouds over the Organs

This & next:  Frio and Willow

Last 2:  Willow and Frio at rest


Saturday, January 28, 2023

A Nice Change

1st 2:  morning clouds
It was about 30F when we began hiking this morning, but conditions warmed pleasantly; bright sunshine and no wind contributed greatly to the nice weather.  In short order I removed my gloves and earband.

We did our normal trek and only saw other hikers when we were on our way up Right Branch Arroyo; Mrs. and Mr. Basset were hiking north along the ridge west of the Organ Mountains with their hounds.

After our outing we took a short ride around several different neighborhoods just to look around.

Frio, Willow, Dr. K

Early morning hot-air ballooning

Across the Mesilla Valley

This & next:  Organ Mountains with clouds

Frio and Willow

Last 3:  hikers with Basset Hounds


Cold, Windy, but Sunny, Too

Tortugas Mountain 33F when we started off this morning; a stiff wind made it feel quite frigid.  The only thing that kept conditions relativ...