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Thursday, April 16, 2020

A New Routine

Bushwhacking off the long dirt road
First, park the CR-V just off Tellbrook in the dirt road pullout.  Get the Heelers out of the vehicle.  Hitch them to their retractable leads and head north on the long dirt road.

Midway between Tellbrook and the southernmost east/west dirt road head east into the desert for some serious bushwhacking.  Angle northeast for a quarter mile until cresting the small hill and follow a short ridgeline eastward and then northeasterly until reaching the east/west dirt road.

Take the dirt road east until it insects with an old disused dirt road that eventually heads southwesterly into an often-explored arroyo, and then trek through the arroyo to the north and exit at the base of a small rise that leads back to the east/west dirt road.  From there it's a matter of deciding whether to follow the road a short distance before bushwhacking back through the desert or going all the way to the intersection with the long dirt road.

This morning we went back to the long dirt road and hiked it all the way up to our CR-V.
This and the next:  Roadrunner in an Ocotillo

Further into the hills

Desert greenery

Abert Wild Buckwheat

Even higher in the hills

This and the next:  fall color on an Ocotillo in spring

Becoming a Desert Marigold

I see three clumps of hedgehog cacti

This one is a Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus

There's a tiny moon in this image

Dry Brush filter

No filter

Plastic Wrap filter

One Heeler loves rolling in the sand

Willow is not a fan of sand-rolling Heelers

This and the next:  Frio doing his thing


Willow thinking, "What is wrong with him?"

Now that's how Heelers should behave

Low-flying Turkey Vulture

This and the next:  I've watched this little Hedgehog grow for two years

The rest:  Swainson's Hawk

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

Nice photos of the Swainson's Hawk, Packrat. I wish I could soar in the sky like that.

High, High Humidity

Too hot to hike 72F at the start of our hike, which isn't too bad, but the humidity was sky high; it made for an unpleasant trek. Dr. K,...