|Rugged desert west of Tortugas|
On the hill above the arroyo we paused while I considered whether we wanted to follow the arroyo southwest to the major east/west arroyo or head north to intersect with the road leading back to the long dirt road. We opted for the latter because I wasn't in the mood to slog through the major arroyo which is filled with off-roaders' tire tracks, depressions that make the going really rough.
By choosing the route we did the entire hike was longer, but because it wasn't as hot as yesterday it didn't feel horrible out there; we did stop several times for water, though, and both Heelers were happy to stay hydrated--as was I.
|Ocotillos west of the mountain|
|Change of direction|
|Flowers or coronavirus? (Threadleaf Sunflower, Fineleaf Hymenopappus)|
|This and the next 3: Ocotillo flowers (and friends)|
|Trailing Four O'Clock|
|Soaptree Yucca sending up a flower stalk|