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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Good Behavior

On the way down LDR-A
Willow's behavior was 98% better this morning than yesterday; she still pulled a lot, but nothing equivalent to her rabid intensity on Saturday.  Due to her better comportment I took both Heelers on a longer exploration.  Upon reaching the Tellbrook Arroyo we turned east and, after a short hike, headed up a new arroyo we've explored only once before.

We trekked nearly two-thirds of the way up to the parking lot at the corner of Tellbrook and Sonoma Ranch Road, took a slight break, and then turned around.  Although we saw lots of birds we spotted no mammalian critters, including human beings.  I'm always pleased by the absence of the latter animals.

On the way home we drove over to our local fueling station in order to fill up the tank of our CR-V.  $3.49 per gallon for 86 octane gas.  Outrageous!

Stinging Serpent (aka "Stingleaf")

Heading north

Baby teeth

Tortugas (left) and the Organ Mountains

This & next:  hill west of the Organ Mountains

Soaptree Yucca family

This & next:  view to the southwest

This & next: slightly different perspectives of a Barrel Cactus

Two peas in a Heelers pod:  Frio and Willow

Tortugas and the Organs

8:26 a.m.

Organ Mountains

Last 2:  backyard flowers


Saturday, October 23, 2021

Almost Always Pulling

Morning moon
Willow ruined our hike this morning by latching onto a scent she wouldn't quit and pulling until my right arm felt as if it would come out of the socket.  I tried reasoning with her, but it didn't work.  At one point I even held her up by the top of her harness so that only her back feet were touching the ground; but as soon as I let her down she was back at it.

Due to her bad behavior I was forced to cut the hike really short, turning around at the bottom of LDR-A and heading right back up it to the flatlands.  We were back home by 8:25--at least forty minutes earlier than the norm.

The perplexing thing about Willow is that she's often very well behaved; like yesterday, for instance, when our outing was completely pleasant due to good canine composure.  Oh well, I supposed I'll just have to keep working on her until she calms down vis-a-vis desert scents.

Soaptree Yucca and Ocotillo

The long view

Lone Soaptree

Frio and Willow

This & next 2:  West of the Organ Mountains

Withering Stingleaf flowers

Road not taken

Tortugas and the Organs


Friday, October 22, 2021

Back in Sync

On the upper flatland road
Willow, Frio and I were able to park in our regular spot, hike LDR-A down to the Tellbrook Arroyo, jog east in the arroyo for a bit before following a familiar arroyo northward.

We hiked all the way up to the road I used to explore with Becca and then turned around, retracing our steps to the Tellbrook.  In the Tellbrook we headed westward until reaching LDR, which we followed up into the flatlands and our waiting CR-V.

We saw nobody while we were out exploring, but we did hear dogs barking in the distance.  Never saw any canines, though.

Morning moon

From LDR-A

This & next 3:  in the Tellbrook Arroyo

This & next:  exploring an alternate arroyo


Willow and Frio on break

This & next 2:  Tortugas and the Organs


Tree and moon

Soaptree Yucca

This & next:  House Finches


Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Road Less Traveled

Torrey Yucca
Somebody was parked in the spot we usually use on our daily trek, so we had to find another place to leave the CR-V.  Because I'd seen the guy depart his older grey Toyota Tacoma with a dog I decided Willow, Frio and I would be best served by hiking the upper flatland road to Tellbrook Drive, cross the pavement and explore another area we'd only been in several times before.

We left the dirt road and dropped down into an arroyo that runs north/south and followed it for a bit.  Then we climbed out and headed west on a dirt road before turning around and heading back to the CR-V.

The guy in the grey Tacoma was just leaving as we started back so there was no chance we'd bump into him and his hounds.

Frio and Willow

Soaptree Yucca

Potrillo Mountains on the horizon

Exploring an arroyo

Lone Yucca
Soaptree on arroyo bank


Ocotillo and the Organs

Ocotillos and yucca

This & next:  Soaptree Yuccas

Frio and Willow

Explored arroyo

Good Behavior

On the way down LDR-A Willow's behavior was 98% better this morning than yesterday; she still pulled a lot, but nothing equivalent to he...