|Idiots with guns|
|Huge mounds (nearly 3 feet) of Strawberry Pitaya Cactus|
|A trail we frequently hike at the base of the mountain|
|Notice the Prickly Pear Cactus growing out of the rock|
|Up the steep road to the top|
|Looking back down the road|
|The NMSU rodeo grounds and the golf course behind|
|Nearing the top of Tortugas Mountain|
|The two-domed observatory now has only one|
|Dripping Springs Road leads straight to the Organ Mountains|
|Tortugas Mountain Observatory|
|Tortugas Mountain shrine|
|The single-dome observatory (still used for star parties)|
|The communication tower atop the mountain|
|The observatory is also used by geniuses who must leave their mark|
|Don't tread on me|
|Yucca, observatory, tower|
|The trail across the saddle looks as if it links up with Sonoma Ranch Road|
What does the yucca see?
I wish I had some snappy reply to your comment, Jacqui, but I've got nothing.
The shrine is interesting--I'd like to know the story behind it.
I like the yucca, observatory, and tower shot.
Jacqui's question sounds like the set-up for a joke, but I don't have a clever retort, either.
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