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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Holy Hotfoot

The sun is brutal this morning
It was so awful this morning that I cut the hike a bit short so we wouldn't get overly hot.  We're headed for a high of 97 Fahrenheit today with high humidity.  Even early on such a day it feels pretty bad in the desert, whose floor often gets as hot as a skillet.  Since Becca and I weren't interested in frying we felt discretion was the better part of valor and headed home after a truncated loop trek west of Tortugas.
Early shade break

How to bake a desert floor

Top of the slalom trail

This Yucca (center) is over twenty feet tall

Another shady respite

2 comments:

Dr. K said...

It's a good thing that the yucca provide at least a little shade.

Scott said...

I heard a feature on our local NPR station on Sunday debating the merits of giving dogs short haircuts in the summer. Some people (and vets) felt like it was a good idea, whereas other people (and vets) felt that the animals' fur protects the skin from sunburn and retains a layer of cooler air near the skin. I wonder if you have an opinion... The general consensus (from both the fur cutters and the au natural crowd) was that dogs should not be made to accompany their stupid owners out in the blazing sun in the summer, and that dogs' natural inclination to rest calmly in the shade was the best thing all around.

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