|On the loop trail around Tortugas Mountain|
It was so hot and humid (89%) this morning that Dr. K, Becca and I cut our hike short. Although we always let Becca take as many shade breaks as she wants, and we carry plenty of water for her, we're especially careful about not letting her overheat. And, in truth, because there was only an occasional breeze to cool us off, Dr. K and I felt uncomfortable in the desert conditions. Therefore we decided to opt out of a long trek today, doing only half of what we usually do. We all (Becca included) felt it was a wise choice. We're supposed to dry out in the coming days, but the temperature is heading for the century mark yet again.
|Hot, but happy hiker|
|Across a vast expanse of Chihuahuan Desert to the Organ Mountains|
|Left to right: Ocotillo, Yucca, Yucca|
|Becca in the shade of the Yucca on the right|
|Massive Cholla I planted from a small cutting at the hacienda|
|Large Cane Cholla I planted at the hacienda|
|Blind Prickly Pear and Rosemary at the side yard|
|Dense desert foliage on our property|
|Large Mesquite Trees in our front yard|
|Headstones mark where our cats are buried|
|While I was taking pictures a Ladderback Woodpecker visited|
|The woodpecker was eating fruit on one of the Soaptree Yuccas|
|The front stoop|
Dogs get overheated so easily. I'm glad we were cautious.
I wish every home had a native garden. It would go a long way to protecting wild life. And they look so good!
Dr. K and I searched for a long time to find a home with a natural desert landscape.
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