|This and the next: Barrel Cactus with a healthy crop of fruit|
On my way back in, when I had gotten back on the beaten path, I ran into Jimmy who was climbing the mountain road. We each made a slight detour so we could stand for a while and chat about this and that. He told me he had bumped into our pal Raymond, with whom I had hiked on the first leg of my trek earlier.
While Jimmy and I talked several people passed up and down the road to the mountaintop, and one guy approached on the single-track trail we were on, his Mexican music playing fairly loudly from his audio equipment. He asked if we'd seen any wildlife and then told us he'd encountered a large Mule Deer buck at the top of Tortugas.
|Extended family of Torrey Yuccas|
|In an arroyo west of the mountain|
|A huge Ocotillo--at least 20 feet tall|
|Soaptree Yuccas and an enormous Torrey Yucca|
|Rolling hills west of the mountain|
|Exploring the arroyo|
|Desert flora on a steep bank|
|Trekked pretty close to this ancient Torrey Yucca|
|This and the next 3: headed west out of this arroyo|
|Two Hedgehog Cacti and a Barrel|
|Ocotillos west of the mountain|
|Across the rugged desert to Tortugas and the Organ Mountains|
|Forest of Ocotillos west of Tortugas Mountain|