|Arroyo not far from the trailhead|
The area was more crowded with mountain bikers this week, and we encountered quite a few; we also bumped into two hikers out enjoying a beautiful morning in our section of the northern Chihuahuan Desert.
It felt great to trek with Frio and Willow and watch them thoroughly get into the desert hiking experience. We all got in a decent amount of exercise, though the Heelers' batteries will be completely recharged by late afternoon (if not sooner).
|Tiny purple flowers emerging from red buds|
|All reds are Scarlet or Claret Cup Hedgehog Cacti|
|Claret Cup Cactus and Barrel Cactus|
|Mountain biking in Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument|
|Hiking the single-track|
|Closer to the Organs|
|Last summer's Barrel Cactus fruits|
|Yuccas near the end of this leg|
|Flowering Torrey Yucca|
|This and the next: California Poppies|