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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Busy Day on the Mountain

Cloudy skies over Tortugas Mountain
This morning was probably the most crowded we've ever seen it at Tortugas Mountain.  There was a running event as well as a Search and Rescue exercise.  We saw people in organge vests with dogs, and we ran into runners on the trail, some of whom had dogs, as well.  Becca had a friendly encounter with a Pit Bull-mix as well as an Akita.  Once we were in the outback area we didn't see anybody else.  It was rather chilly, with an inconsistently stiff wind.  I removed my gloves about a mile from the trailhead on the inbound leg.
Run this way

The Franklin Mountains near El Paso

Scouting the territory ahead

A dusting of snow on the Organ Mountains

This way to clearer skies

The sun's breaking through

A full lot at the Sunset Parking area

Overflow parking beyond the gate

Search and Rescue vehicle

Search and Rescue supervisor vehicle

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

It's nice that people were doing something other than shopping at the malls.

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