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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Morning Walkabout

Soaptree Yuccas in an arroyo west of Tortugas Mountain
When Becca and I hit the trail west of the mountain early this morning it was quite cold, but things warmed up quickly; within a quarter mile I had peeled off my vest and simply donned by Marmot PreCip jacket--with the pit zips down!  I hadn't planned on exploring the outback today, but we just kept wandering westward until we found ourselves way out there.  I always hope to see Coyotes or Javelinas when we're in the outback, but no suck luck this morning.  Nevertheless, both Becca and I enjoyed our sojourn in this section of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.  We ran into JC and Olivia when we got back to the parking area; they had just finished their hike west of Tortugas Mountain.
One way up the mountain

High-altitude cactus garden

High-altitude cactus garden Part 2

Soaptree Yucca (left) and Ocotillo

Torrey Yuccas

Long way back to the mountains

Tortugas (left) and the Organs

Bird's nest in a Soaptree Yucca

The Soaptree Yucca that houses the bird's nest

Becca down a wide arroyo

General Land Office Survey marker, 1927

My position here is where I found the survey marker


Further down a wide arroyo

Cursory critter search

3-foot Barrel Cactus west of the mountain

Quite a secluded area

Yuccas in the outback

Banana Yucca

Bushwhacking back

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I'm glad you and Becca had such a good hike, Packrat. I especially like close-ups of birds' nests, like the one you show here.

Grand View--Not

Early morning moon A man and woman were just starting down the Bridal Veil Falls Trail when we rolled into the Grand View Trail parking lot....