|An almost-immediate shade break|
You know it's going to be a hot day in the Chihuahuan Desert when you start sweating just after starting your hike. Another sign is when your high-stamina dog takes a shade break less than a quarter-mile in. Besides Mr. Tacoma--who was hiking to the top of the mountain--we saw a woman jogging. She was taking frequent breaks to drink much-needed water. We're heading for 98 F. today.
|Mr. Tacoma crossing the desert|
|Ocotillos are still leafless because of the drought|
|Hot and dry in the lower desert|