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Monday, July 30, 2018

Slightly Crowded Osha

This morning's moon
Left High Rolls early and drove up the mountain to the parking lot at the Osha Trail.  For much of our morning trek we saw no one, but at the midway point a young woman runner came up behind us and passed on a very narrow section of trail.  She apologized for surprising us, and we apologized for not hearing her approach.  She was a very quiet runner.  That was it until we had completed about seven-eights of the hike, and then we started encountering other outdoor enthusiasts, so many, in fact, that Dr. K said to me, "Grand Central Station."  It's still the summer tourist season in the Sacramento Mountains, and you can't blame people for seeking the cool alpine conditions.  The temperature was in the mid-60s for most of our trek.  After we finished it was a drive up to Cloudcroft, a stop at Family Dollar for some supplies, and a trip over to the Western Bar package store to buy a six-pack of Bud Light for Dr. K.
Morning in the high country

The muddy Osha Trail

Common Mullein in very wet ground

Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus)

View down canyon from the Osha Trail

Surveying the high country

Becca and Dr. K

Who wouldn't enjoy hiking the Osha Trail?

Plenty of greenery up here

Can you spot the hummingbird?

I see you

Another view of the trail

The Osha Trail is very narrow in places

Becca surveying the way ahead

What's keeping you?

B&W Osha

Three more images of the trail



Orange Sneezeweed?

Old-man-of-the-mountain?

Somebody built a teepee

Some type of ragwort

A lot different than the desert
Is this the beetles convention?

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

This is one of the most beautiful trails in New Mexico. We never get tired of hiking it.

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