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Saturday, December 11, 2010

In the Outback

Rugged boulders on the east side of Tortugas Mountain
Religious pilgrims making a trek to the top of Tortugas (Tortoise) Mountain this morning had completely crowded the western side of the area, so we went to the Monte Viste side and hiked in a remote section.  The weather was beautiful, already in the 50s (F).  We're heading for 67 F today.

We saw nobody on our outing, but the constant sound of distant shotgun retorts filled the air.  That's what you have to put up with during dove-hunting season, which lasts until the end of this month.  Despite the minor annoyance, we enjoyed ourselves.

The southeast flank of the mountain

A trail through a stand of creosote bushes

Southern section of the Organ Mountains

The Organ Mountains from a distance

The eastern face of Tortugas Mountain

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I hope those dove hunters stay clear of hikers.

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