Sadly, during my outing, I bumped into Renee and Barry who told me they had to have their beautiful German Shepherd, Kaiser, euthanized on New Year's Day; he was 12 or 13. We all shed tears over our lost dogs, agreeing that only true dog lovers would understand the depth of our grief.
There were other outdoor enthusiasts on and about the mountain, and by the time I got back to Whitey the CR-V I had counted 14 vehicles in the Sunset Area parking lot.
|Sky at start|
|This and the next: looking southwest past Torrey Yuccas|
|Across the Mesilla Valley|
|On the flank trail|
|This and the next: Torrey Yuccas just off the trail|
|Trail to the sun|
|More Torrey Yuccas|
|High elevation cactus garden|
|Beside Bishop Cap (left) is a blanket of clouds over the Franklin Mountains|
|This and the next: much clearer than yesterday|
|Soaptree Yucca sporting an Afro|
|Northern flank of Tortugas and the Organ Mountains|