Since schools are out for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday there was a crowd of young people stalled part way up the road to the mountaintop, and they were screaming, yelling, laughing and making noises that would scare ferocious wild animals away; they ruined nearly half of my outing until they finally disappeared. I don't know if they went up or down, but I was glad to have them gone. No sense in wondering how some young people think it's okay to behave like that; all I know is that my father and/or mother would have cuffed my brother and I up the backside of our heads if we had ever screamed that way.
By the time I returned to Whitey the CR-V--parked at the side of the entrance road--there were quite a few vehicles in the Sunset Area parking lot. People were getting a somewhat late start on their morning exercise.
|One way up the mountain|
|Upper foothills trail|
|On the flank of Tortugas|
|To the southeast over part of the mountain|
|Trail from the mountain road|
|Heading somewhat to the west|
|My favorite Torrey Yucca|
|Long view of Tortugas and the Organs|
|In a far arroyo|
|Looking at my favorite Torrey Yucca from the opposite direction|
|Soaptree Yuccas in an arroyo|
|Soaptree Yuccas on a slope|