|Sky at start|
Not long after that encounter we heard someone calling my name, and we turned around to see our friend Jimmy coming up behind us. We waited for him at a level area of desert just short of the intersection with the south/north road that leads to the mountain. Frio barked quite a bit at Jimmy so I didn't let him approach; I don't want Frio thinking it's okay to rush at another person. During the short period in which we humans palavered Frio barked for seemingly no reason, and he did the same thing later after we had parted company with Jimmy and were stopped for a break at the far point of our morning trek. It made me wonder if Frio sometimes barks during periods of inaction because he wants to get moving again. Our dog Becca would often whine to express her disapproval of overly long breaks.
The weather was beautiful this morning, and at the midpoint of the hike both Dr. K and I removed an article of outerwear. We're headed for a high of 73F today. Not bad conditions for the latest day in February you can reach only every four years: Leap Day.
|Single-track across the southern plateau|
|Frio on the single-track|
|This and the next 4: views of the Organ Mountains|
|Dr. K and the happy Heelers|
|This and the next: on the outer loop road south of the mountain|
|Looks further than it is|
|Headed for the Organ Mountains|
|Surprising to see ripe fruit on a Barrel Cactus|