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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Soledad Rocks

Jeep Commander
Because Becca and Dr. K didn't come with me on today's hike I decided to explore Soledad Rocks more extensively than I've done before.  The "rocks" are directly across the road from the Sierra Vista Trail parking lot, and there's a half-mile hike around the base of the formations.  The most fun to be had, however, is climbing on the rocks, though, as always, one must exert caution when scrambling across rugged outcrops in high places.  I didn't take any risks, and I enjoyed my exploration.  Afterward I got back on the Sierra Vista Trail Norte and headed down to Black Mountain, where I took some additional photographs before turning around.  My nearly two-hour outing was made progressively more uncomfortable by the rising heat and humidity levels.  Although our chances of significant precipitation are low today, we are headed for a high temperature of 99F.  I have to admit I'm getting really tired of the hot weather.
At the Sierra Vista Trail parking lot

Soledad Rocks (front), Organ Mountains behind

Closer look at that rock formation

Ocotillos growing in craggy places

Peeking around the southeast side of Soledad Rocks

Chorus line of Ocotillos

Native American Bedrock Mortar filled with rainwater

Bedrock Mortar hole

Northwest side of Soledad Rocks

Sotol growing at the base of the rocks

Sun getting close to breaking over the rocks

Huge old Sotol west of Soledad Rocks

Around the north side of the rocks

Fascinating formations

How did that Ocotillo take hold way up there?

I didn't scramble up to look

View to the east from the north side of the rocks

Cave

Can't count the numerous rock formations

Runoff

Sierra Vista Trail (norte)

On the brink of descending into a deep canyon

Barrel Cactus

Closeup of the above flower

Ocotillos and the Organ Mountains

On the far side of the deep canyon

Barrel Cactus

You can see why Fishhook Barrel Cactus is nicknamed the Candy Barrel

With Trump in charge that last message is more important than ever

More Barrel Cactus buds

Sotol

Nearly opened

Rainbow Hedgehog Cactus

Same Rainbow Hedgehog

Honeybee on Apache Plume flower and interloper

Apache Plume and the Organs

More Apache Plume flowers

Another happy bee

Candy Barrel Cactus

Becca didn't get to hike again today

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I'm glad you were able to explore the Soledad Rocks more extensively today, as well as the usual trail. Beautiful photos of the rock formations.

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