I bushwhacked out into the area where I spotted the small herd of Javelina yesterday, but the only signs of them were their hoof prints and the trenches where they'd been digging for tubers.
When I had nearly reached the final leg of my hike I encountered my good friend Jimmy who was just heading up the road to the mountaintop. He and I chatted for a good long while, but not nearly as long as we had palavered yesterday. We parted company after exchanging a reasonable amount of gab.
|Mark of Zorro. Actually a switchback up the mountain|
|Trail on the west side of Tortugas Mountain|
|Across the Mesilla Valley|
|This and the next: two views of Tortugas and the Organs|
|Yucca elata (aka "Soaptree Yucca")|
|Good spot for a nest|
|Yuccas along an arroyo|
|Tortugas and the Organs again|
|Soaptree Yuccas far west of the mountains|
|Healthy Prickly Pear Cactus|
|Soaptree with a Torrey Yucca directly behind|
|Large arroyo that flows out of Tortugas Mountain|