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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Something of a Slog

Tortugas (left) and the Organ Mountains
Because Becca and I got a really early start this morning (we were on the trail by 6:45) we hiked a good bit of the way in the shadow of Tortugas Mountain.  Eventually, though, as the sun rose higher in a cloudless sky and we trekked further west of the mountain, we had to deal with harsh sunlight beating down on us.  For some reason I had already extended the hike about a mile further than yesterday, and on the final leg we paid the price:  slogging through sand, an oppressive sun above, and barely a breeze to speak of.  Nevertheless, we still had a good time.  For instance, Becca had three separate canine encounters--all friendly.
Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus bathed in sunlight

"Lush" by Chihuahuan Desert standards

Sun breaks over Tortugas Mountain

A little exploring

Typical Chihuahuan Desert scene

Distant mountain biker

What does Becca see?

Flower buds forming on a Barrel Cactus

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

It's always nice to get out in the desert very early to enjoy the start of the day.

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