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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Wholly Holey

Small, house-sized boulders
Becca and I got an early start on the east side of Tortugas Mountain this morning, but we did run into other nature enthusiasts who were out there as well:  a runner, a mountain biker and two hikers.  Those encounters happened on the outbound leg, and we saw nobody else after that.  It's supposed to be significantly cooler today, but, what with the additional humidity, it still felt pretty toasty.  I only extended the hike by a small distance because neither Becca nor I were completely enthusiastic about the conditions.  We're to be in the 80s for the coming week, but chances for precipitation have risen.
Behind Tortugas Mountain

Surveying her domain

An Ocotillo and the Organs

The outer loop trail

Surprised to find even more Barrel Cactus buds

The healthiest Hedgehog Cactus I've seen in a long while

Considering taking a break

Taking a break

South of the mountain

Looking east toward the Organs

In a deep, wide arroyo south of Tortugas Mountain

Becca loves exploring arroyos

Looks like a dead end, but it isn't

Shadow and light

Coming around the mountain

Boulder at trail's edge

North side of Tortugas Mountain

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Like Becca, I enjoy walking in arroyos (as long as there isn't a threat of a flash flood!).

High, High Humidity

Too hot to hike 72F at the start of our hike, which isn't too bad, but the humidity was sky high; it made for an unpleasant trek. Dr. K,...