|This and the next: morning sky at start|
On the way down LDR-A we spotted a 3 1/2-foot Barrel Cactus we'd passed numerous times without ever seeing it before. It was a leaning beauty we'll have to monitor for blossoms in the coming days.
We trekked all the way up to Second Arroyo, hiked eastward in it until we came to our preferred shady spot, rested and hydrated before heading back.
On the way up LDR to the waiting CR-V we encountered a young woman jogging northward. We stepped aside to let her pass, exchanging greetings as she went by. Willow and Frio were very well behaved (with the aid of a few treats), never once barking or whimpering at the woman.
|Dr. K (dressed for desert hiking) and the Heelers|
|This and the next 4: Barrel Cactus we noticed this morning for the first time|
|Frio and Willow|
|This and the next: Soaptree Yucca leaves|
|Wash (aka "arroyo")|
|Swainson's Hawk high up|