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Monday, September 14, 2020

Another Long Solo

Starting off in an arroyo
I went east in the major arroyo just off Geothermal Road this morning and bushwhacked northward across the desert hills to the northernmost dirt road to Tortugas Mountain.  I followed that road until it intersected with the road that heads south across the southernmost dirt road terminating at Tellbrook.  Before reaching the southernmost dirt road, though, I turned east into a small arroyo that intersects the Crosscut Trail.

Turning south on the Crosscut I headed up to the southernmost dirt road and followed it to the outermost dirt road that loops around Tortugas Mountain.  At the intersection with the northernmost dirt road I headed west along it all the way to Geothermal.

From there it was a quick jaunt westward until I reached the parking area next to the gate where I'd left the Jeep Commander.

Cactus Wren in a Mesquite Tree

Weather at start

You can follow it to the mountaintop

Desert Flora

Flank of Tortugas and the Organ Mountains

Branching out on one's own

This and the next:  desert roads


A different arroyo west of the mountain

This and the next:  Wooly Paperflowers turning to paper


Just north of a small arroyo

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Curve-billed Thrasher

The long view of Tortugas and the Organ Mountains

This and the next:  perhaps the tallest Ocotillo I've ever seen

I'm 5' 11"

 

1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I love the photo the you call Cactus Wren in a Mesquite Tree. It looks like a painting.

I think that's the tallest Ocotillo I can remember ever seeing.

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