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Monday, February 10, 2020

Slight Rain Delay

Prickly Pear Cactus--what Frio will learn to avoid
It rained fairly hard through the early morning hours overnight, stopping at about 8:30.  Frio and I left for a hike shortly afterward.  My buddy Jimmy's Tacoma was already parked along the entrance road at the Tortugas Mountain Trail System's Sunset Area, and I wasn't sure how much of a head start he'd gotten ahead of us.  After about 20 minutes of slow trekking (Frio was stopping at every other bush to smell and/or mark it) I gave Jimmy a call.  He was already heading down the mountain and met us at the junction of the road to the mountaintop and the high foothills trail that descends to the lower desert.

The first encounter was not exactly what I'd hoped for; Frio put on a somewhat aggressive show, barking sharply at Jimmy and lassoing him with the retractable lead.  But Jimmy--no stranger to dogs and lover of them--was not in the least worried.  He suggested we all hike together, and we did, dropping into the low desert before following the trail that loops around Tortugas.  After heading south for a mile or so we took a right on the far outer loop trail and trekked north for another mile or so before taking the single-track east back onto the high foothills trail.  Frio was a perfect gentleman throughout.

It was really nice of Jimmy to offer to come along, which allowed Frio the first opportunity to meet a stranger out in our section of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.  By the time Frio popped up into the rear compartment of the Jeep he and Jimmy had become friendly; when Jimmy extended his hand Frio licked his fingers.

Although Frio had the complete run of the Jeep's rear compartment--back seats folded down--he chose to ride shotgun both to and from the mountain.  I have no doubt he'd drive the vehicle if I let him.
Frio spots a jackrabbit

Diamonds dangling from Crucifixion Thorn (actually raindrops)

Clouds partially blanketing the Franklin Mountain near El Paso, Texas

Jimmy holds Frio's lead when we stop for a photo-op (Frio stretches)

Frio and me

Turned out to be a gorgeous morning after the rain, though really humid

Closer look at the Organ Mountains

Devil's Head Cactus (far left) beside the four stems of a Hedgehog Cactus

Last shot of Jimmy before he heads for parts unknown


scotmet said...

Looks like the great Frio Grande is fitting in very well. If you keep up all the fun outings Frio may choose you as his human. Not sure, but it may have all ready happened.

Dr. K said...

That's a great photo of you and Frio, Packrat.

packrat said...

Frio may have not yet chosen me as his human, Scott, but I'm nominating myself as "best hiking companion." :)

Grand View--Not

Early morning moon A man and woman were just starting down the Bridal Veil Falls Trail when we rolled into the Grand View Trail parking lot....