|Bushwhacking through here|
After we crossed through the hills west of Tortugas Mountain and intersected with the southernmost dirt road we took it back east until reaching the road that heads south. We followed that dirt road all the way down to a smaller arroyo we frequently explore. By then I realized we'd come too far to retrace our steps, so I decided to venture down the arroyo all the way to its junction with the east/west arroyo.
I'd never taken that route before, and I was worried that trekking through that particular sandy stretch would be too much of a slog; but it turned out to be an all right decision because it definitely was the shortest way back to the long dirt road and up to our waiting CR-V.
|On break in a wash|
|Ocotillo leafed out|
|This and the next: Scott's Oriole|
|Ocotillo leafing out|
|This and the next: Scarlet Hedgehog Cactus|
|This and the next: harbinger of high winds|
|This and the next: blooming Torrey Yucca|
|This and the next 4: Torrey Yuccas in bloom|
|This and the next 2: Hedgehog pollinator|
|This and the next: Ocotillo buds|
|One of my favorite yuccas|
|Headed down this arroyo|