|First plateau, OMDPNM|
Dr. K, Becca and I went out to Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument this Sunday morning in order to get in a longer hike. There were a surprisingly large number of campers in the campground--tents and RVs--and the license plates on vehicles showed a wide range of visitors from the Desert Southwest and western states: Texas, Arizona, California, Montana and Washington. We had to leave Whitey the CR-V in the lower lot because two big rigs parked in the upper lot had taken up most of the space.
Just as we were piling out of the car we encountered three hikers and two dogs finishing up their trek, but, with the exception of seeing a mountain biker and two runners over on the main trail we bumped into no one else. The weather was a bit strange--cloudy and cool with a light breeze for the duration of our outing. Nevertheless, it didn't feel particularly chilly, though we didn't feel the need to peel off any outerwear. Despite being a bit fatigued from losing an hour's sleep overnight, thanks to Daylight Saving Time, a good time was had by all.
|Heading south on the Sierra Vista Trail|
|This was the weather all during the hike|
|The best the sun could do|
|Here comes the happy hiker|
|A smile on her face|
|This is fun|
|Yellow Desert Evening Primrose|
|The Don King of Barrel Cacti|
|Dead Hedgehog Cactus|
|Tiny flowers not yet in bloom|
|Barrel Cacti Row|
|Purple Prairie Verbena (Glandularia Bipinnatifida)|
|Looking down at a Barrel Cactus|
|3-foot tall Barrel Cactus|
|Becca loving the morning trek|
|Ocotillo and more Barrel Cacti|
|Dangerous patch of yuccas|
Very cloudy morning, but it was so nice to see some wildflowers beginning to bloom.
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