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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Hiking Displacement Syndrome

Northeast side of Tortugas Mountain
Those porta potties I photographed the other day were a sign that some kind of outdoor gathering was going to take place on the mountain.  This morning Becca and I had to go to the far side of Tortugas because the near side (Sunset Parking area) was completely packed, probably with pilgrims trekking to the mountaintop.  The temperature wasn't as bad as yesterday's 19 F; we were a bit warmer:  24 F.  But the wind was as bad as yesterday, and there were times when I wished I had brought along a scarf to wrap my face.
Curving around to the southside

Grass is yellower in late fall and winter

One of those peaks is a dog's ear

The way we came, the way we'll head back

Waiting patiently while Packrat takes yet another photo

The Organ Mountains, about eight miles from here

Pathfinder

Around a deep chasm

Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

On the return trip

3 comments:

Dr. K said...

Becca looks very majestic in these photos.

packrat said...

She is quite majestic, isn't she?

Scott said...

Beautiful skies and grasses, even if the temperature and wind were challenging.

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