|This and the next: Dr. K trying her hand(s) at controlling two pups|
A few times Dr. K took control of both canines so I could snap photos, and for a long spell I handled both pups on their retractable leads; but for most of the hike I had Frio and Dr. K had Willow. Since we were in a remote area east of Tortugas we encountered nobody, only bumping into one hiker on our final leg back to the parking area. Frio barked at him, but Willow didn't.
When we got to the Jeep both Frio and Willow leapt into the rear compartment as if they had springs for back legs. I haven't let either one of them jump from the Jeep to the ground because the impact is too stressful on their joints. And because the Commander's rear compartment is so high Dr. K and I decided we'd start using Whitey the CR-V instead; they can easily and safely jump in and out of this vehicle. After we'd been home a short while I put the rear seats down in Whitey, put rugs and blankets in the rear compartment, and made it as comfortable as possible for the new pups.
|Willow, Frio and Dr. K|
|This and the next: moon sliding behind Tortugas Mountain|
|Rock outcrops on Tortugas Mountain's east side|
|This and the next: homes between Tortugas and the Organ Mountains|
|This and the next: 2 slightly different versions of Tortugas Mountain|
|The rugged western face of the Organ Mountains|
|Dirt road we're following east toward the Organs|
|This and the rest: views of Tortugas Mountain from the east|