|First 2: Prickly Pear pears|
Becca and I did our usual trek on Tortugas Mountain's west side despite my pronouncement yesterday about doing a different route; and, for whatever reason, it was far less crowded on Dripping Springs Road when we were leaving, even though this was the second day of school at Centennial High.
We ran into our buddy Raymond just as we hit the intersection of Geothermal Road and the road leading to the mountaintop; he was just coming down from the crest. We enjoyed hiking the final leg with him. Right before we reached the point of parting ways we crossed paths with a young guy and girl who were strolling shoulder-to-shoulder. After they passed, Raymond said to me, "Only the second day of school and they're already ditching class." "Probably something we both did in the past," I said. We laughed because it was true.
|Large, still-green Ocotillo|
|Morning sky from the west side of the mountain|
|Leading the way|
|This and the next: Barrel Cactus buds|
|Still blazing the way|
|It was this kind of morning out there today|
|Large Prickly Pear pears|
|How large are those pears? Toe of my 11.5" boot|
|Same shot as yesterday's|
|Two shots of The Beckster|
|Low rider Ocotillo|
|The long view|
|Trekking along Tortugas Mountain's western slope|