|The long dirt road|
Then Willow, Frio and I struck north on the long dirt road across the desert southwest of Tortugas Mountain. We ran into no one--just the way we like it--and enjoyed a long trek on a beautiful morning in the northern Chihuahuan Desert.
When we reached the spot where Becca and I used to climb into the hills west of the mountain the Heelers and I did the same, stopping midway to take a few photos; well, I took photos and they sniffed the ground. Then we continued forward until we intersected the southernmost outer loop road where we turned west and hiked to the intersection with the long dirt road. From there we turned south and made our way back to Whitey the CR-V. It was a long and worthwhile trek that both Heelers and I enjoyed very much.
|Looking northwest across the desert floor|
|On the road again|
|This and the next: Tortugas Mountain (left) and the Organ Mountains|
|Looking back at the way we just came|
|Into the hills west of Tortugas|
|Gnarly old Ocotillo|
|Our CR-V just to the right of the arrow|
|Our two favorite Heelers|
|One-legged Gambel's Quail|