|Side of a Barrel Cactus|
Ours was a trek uninterrupted by human contact; though we saw people at a great distance climbing the mountain road we encountered no one. Of course we spent the majority of time in the outback crossing the desert off the beaten track, with the exception of briefly following a few barely noticeable animal trails. Have I ever mentioned that this is the way Dr. K and I like it?
We put quite a lot of mileage on our boots during the two hours we spent on a pleasantly cool and sunny day west of the mountain.
|Bushwhacking near a study area|
|Of course some genius had to off-road through here|
|This and the next: Soaptrees west of the mountain|
|Heading east in this arroyo|
|At the top of this flower stalk . . .|
|. . . is a Cactus Wren's nest|
|Brown leaves on an Ocotillo|
|Almost to the crossroad|
|Soaptree Yucca and Ocotillo|