|Baby Desert Cottontail (the Golden Barrel is about 8" tall)|
We continued up the road to the spot where it intersects the high trail leading down to the lower desert. There Becca paused to rest in the shadow of a large boulder. She had a long drink of water--as did I--before we headed partway down to the upper foothills trail where we turned north and started back. On the final leg of our hike we would have encountered a man and woman hiking with their Golden Retriever, but I took Becca into a desert alcove away from the trail where I could give her more water. It's been very hot the past few days, and I want to make sure she stays hydrated while we're out in this arid land. When we were about a quarter mile from Whitey the CR-V the wind started to gain force, and we were glad to get out of it before it worsened.
|Road to the mountaintop|
|Distant view of the Organs from partway up Tortugas|
|Rocky trail off the mountain road|
|Becca is a trooper|
|Trail to the lower desert|
|Soaptree Yuccas west of Tortugas Mountain|
|Looking through an Ocotillo|
|Soaptree Yucca flowers|
I really like the close-up photo of the yucca flowers. I'm glad you and Becca are keeping hydrated as you hike.
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