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Sunday, August 19, 2012

2/3 of the Way Around Tortugas

On the south side of the mountain
Dr. K, Becca and I started off in the Monte Vista parking area of the Tortugas Mountain Trails system, hiked two-thirds of the way around the mountain and back.  We had direct contact with three joggers and several mountain bikers.  It felt pretty hot this morning, even though the overall temperature is beginning to go down.  Fortunately, a nice breeze kept things bearable.  We got a lot of good exercise before returning to the ranch to relax.
Becca is concerned about something (turned out to be two mountain bikers)

Tortugas (left) and the Organ Mountains (plus distant bird)

Dr. K on the mountain's west side

Small Barrel Cactus with blossoms

Closeup of the Barrel Cactus flowers

Two Devil's Heads with cottony tops

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

There was almost a touch of fall in air--almost, but not quite.

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