|On the loop road trail west of the mountain|
The Sunset Area parking lot was pretty full when we got there at about 7:20 a.m., and, upon starting off, we immediately ran into a slight woman with two hefty Pitbulls on leads; she seemed barely able to restrain her dogs even though they weren't especially aggressive. They just wanted to meet Becca.
The only other person we encountered this morning was a mountain biker who passed from behind us on Geothermal Road. He greeted us with a friendly "Good morning," and I responded in kind. Becca was too busy sniffing bushes to bother saying hello. The biker had music playing at a just barely audible level, and, again, I was left to wonder why people bother listening to anything other than the sounds of the great outdoors.
|Part of Las Cruces with Magdalena Peak behind|
|Las Cruces and Picacho Peak|
|Another look at Las Cruces and Magdalena Peak|
|Ocotillos at roadside|
|Bishop Cap in the distance|
|Ocotillos west of Tortugas|
|Photobombed by Becca|
|This and the next 2: closing in on a relaxing Becca|
|Sandy area west of the mountain|
|On the horizon: the distant Franklin Mountains (El Paso)|
|Soaptree Yucca leaning into it|
|Sun through Ocotillo|