|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|
I hope those dove hunters stay clear of hikers.
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