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Thursday, July 30, 2009
There were countless meadows on this hike, filled with glorious wildflowers.
I have never seen this flower, nor do I know what it is. Any experts out there?
A little mountain dew.
Here's another spectacular flower whose identity I don't know.
Thistley Tython and family.
Our last hike on our Cloudcroft vacation was on the Willie White Trail (T 113) out of Bluff Springs. This is the view greeting you from the trail head.
A small waterfall greets you at Bluff Spring.
You cross a small footbridge over a running stream.
Becca used this opportunity to test her highest gear.
This is how she looked after running full bore.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Focus on white flowers on this morning's hike.
We hiked the Old Cloudcroft Highway Trail, and it's hard to imagine that people actually drove from Alamogordo to Cloudcroft on this single-lane track.
A map kiosk at the junction of the Old Highway Trail and the Crossover Trail.
Mighty big pines lining the sides of the Crossover Trail.
Another white flower, as yet unidentified.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
We hiked the Apple Tree Canyon Trails 1 (T 5601) and 2 (T 116) this morning, and it was the best trek we've had so far. Here Dr. K and Becca take a lunch break.
The views at a lookout 2.6 miles up the steep trail were worth the effort.
Aspen groves were everywhere.
A Mexican Hat we discovered along the way.
Monday, July 27, 2009
There are so many different wildlfowers in the area, it's hard to identify all of them.
Yet another unidentified beauty.
The different mammals present in the Sacramento Mountains appear on this sign.
Another spectacular vista from the Trestle Trail.
Looks like a rose, but I'm betting it isn't one.
Desert sea? Everything was quite wet when we got started this morning due to overnight rain. But the only consequences we suffered were wet...