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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Bushwhack Deluxe

Way out west
Becca and I did an especially-long trek this morning, bushwhacking most of the way.  Again we were on coyote watch, and we did happen to get a glimpse of one making tracks away from us.  The weather was perfect for bushwhacking:  chilly and breezy.  Cold weather makes rattlesnakes gather together for brumation, which is a dormant state similar to hibernation, and that makes us more confident about hiking in the middle of nowhere.  Plus, if you want a few hours of solitude, there's no better place to find it than in the middle of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.
Long way to go

Getting started

Abundant flora

Bushwhacking across the desert

Barrel Cactus and Soaptree Yucca

Hedgehog Cactus

Out in the outback

On coyote watch

Small mesquite tree in the middle of a wash

Ocotillo chorus line
The rugged Organs, part of the Rocky Mountain chain

3 comments:

Scott said...

Brumation: a new word for me. Aren't I glad I stopped by today?

packrat said...

Is that a rhetorical question, Scott? :)

Dr. K said...

As frequently as you hike in the Tortugas, there are still unexplored areas that are perfect for bushwhacking.

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