|This and the next 2: west of Tortugas Mountain|
One human I encountered was my buddy Jimmy who was just starting off on his morning adventure. We stood chatting for a long time while a series of couples beginning or ending their outings passed by.
The wind really got started a little after noon, and it's been blowing hard ever since. This is the kind of desert weather you'd prefer to avoid if possible.
|Following the flank trail|
|That lenticular cloud on the low horizon means high winds ahead|
|View to the southwest|
|Tortugas and the Organs|
|Gnarly old Ocotillo|
|Outer loop road|
|Trail back to the trailhead|