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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Down in the Desert

Ready to roll down the trail
Becca and I did a quick hike around Tortugas Mountain before leaving for the high country in the late morning.  It's supposed to be near 90 F. in Las Cruces, but the high in High Rolls will be 74 F.  Which would you prefer?

Trail off the mountain

Two heart-shaped Soaptree Yucca seed pods


Tortugas Mountain


At the side of the road

Ocotillo wands

3 comments:

Dr. K said...

Those seed pods look like butterflies.

Scott said...

I was just about to say that the seed pods look like hearts...

How did High Rolls get that name?

packrat said...

Scott:

Here's a quote from an article about the area: "The first official use of the High Rolls name was in 1901, when the post office was moved from Fresnal (Wooten) to High Rolls. The name, which was sometimes spelled as one word, Highrolls, supposedly came from the shape and elevation of the area as compared to the sharper peaks higher up."

Here's the link to the piece:


http://www.mountaintimes.net/HighRolls_MountainPark.htm

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