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Friday, July 7, 2017


Mesquite Trees in an arroyo just west of Tortugas Mountain
Becca and I did a fairly long hike in the hot Chihuahuan Desert this morning, stopping frequently for shade and water breaks.  Again--despite the heat--there were plenty of other outdoor enthusiasts on and about the mountain.  When we got home Dr. K and I spent several hours deconstructing an old ellipitcal machine we've had for years.  While we were at it we got a call from out vet, Dr. Thompson.  She said lab results showed that the growth removed from Becca's neck was a plasmacytoma, a relatively non-aggressive cancer that only metastasizes in about 10% of cases.  She said the emergency vet had done a good job removing the growth and that it had clean margins.  Dr. Thompson made sure to emphasize that this was good news.
This and the next two:  down the bobsled run

Time for a shady respite

Sea of Ocotillos and the Organ Mountains

Somewhere along a long dusty road

Dried Soaptree Yucca fruit splits into three sections to release seeds

Ocotillo forest

Ocotillo woods

Showing promise:  Fishhook Barrel Cactus flower

Where clown noses grow


Dr. K said...

I really like the details in the photo of the dried yucca fruits.


Good news the cancer is gone. Great that you're both enjoying the desert again. Sounds too hot for comfort, though.

packrat said...

Thanks, Jacqui. Yes, it's been very hot of late. You're probably reveling in comfortable weather in your section of Oz. :)

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