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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Trekking on the Far Side

Heading out from the Monte Vista parking area
It was just below freezing when Dr. K, Becca and I set out for the far side of Tortugas Mountain this morning.  On the near side a humongous throng had gathered for a Superbowl Fun Run, and it was a little dicey driving through that area.  We made it, though, and did a semi-long hike out of the Monte Vista area, and we only ran into one other hiker on the way back.  The only downside to a wonderful, sunny trek was, again, the darned wind, which just hasn't abated very much over the past week.  Nevertheless, it was a fun outing for all. 
Boulder-strewn east flank of Tortugas Mountain

Hiking south away from the mountain

South side of Tortugas

Small Barrel Cactus

Organ Mountains to the east

Potrillo Mountains on the western horizon

In an arroyo trekking eastward

Soatree Yuccas grow on the arroyo bank

Climbing a dirt road toward the Organs

Pausing for a look back

Scouting around

Part of Tortugas Mountain from the southeast

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

It's always fun to bushwhack, especially if it gets you out of the wind.

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