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Monday, March 24, 2014

Flies Completely Ruined Our Hike

Aw.  Two hikers (holding hands) trekking with their dog
In the long annals of our trekking history I cannot remember a worse morning for pesky flies.  They were horrible.  Terrorists flies.  Al Flyda.  Often I'll laugh at Becca's antics in fly-catching, how she snaps at them and every once in a while spits one out when nabbing it.  But today they were all over us, landing on noses, ears, mouths, arms and legs.  I killed at least ten of them--and I'm something of a pacifist.  But the situation today was intolerable.  I'm not sure how to explain this phenomenon, but I hope it doesn't persist.
Just beginning the process of blooming

A flower stalk in mid-blossom

Tripartite Torrey Yucca

Soaptree Yuccas, Tortugas Mountain in background

Torrey Yucca (left), Soaptree Yucca (right)

Bushwhacking for fun and profit

A healthy Barrel Cactus

Pencil Cholla

On the trail back to the foothills


Scott said...

Were the flies biting flies or just overwhelmingly annoying, Packrat?

packrat said...

No bites, Scott, but totally annoying. The university does have a horse corral out this way, but it's several miles distant.

Dr. K said...

Packrat, I wish you could make a video of Becca snapping at the flies.

packrat said...

Your wish is my command, Dr. K, though I'd rather have no flies for her to snap at.


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