|This and the next: Willow and Frio in Second Arroyo
Willow, Frio and I trekked up to Second Arroyo, stopped for a water break, and then bushwhacked over to First Arroyo. After a brief respite there we hiked westward to LDR and began our return.
Midway down to the Tellbrook Arroyo we spotted two people making their way down to the arroyo in our direction. I determined we'd beat them there, and we could jog over to LDR-A for the ascent to the upper flatland. We did just that.
When the hikers came abreast of us--separated by a short expanse of desert--I heard the man commanding one of his dogs to heel. Then the guy yelled hello to me. It was the man and woman who hike with their Basset Hounds. When the Heelers saw the guy's hounds they went bananas, pulling on their leads to get at the dirty Bassets. I called them off, and Frio was most responsive; Willow, however, still has much to learn about good canine behavior. It's going to take time with her.
|Dead tree X
|This and the next 3: deadwood
|Which of these doesn't belong?
|Down First Arroyo
|This & the next: Mormon Tea (Ephedra nevadensis) flowering
|Large mound under Mesquite Tree is Nipple Beehive Cactus
|Nipple Beehive Cactus (Coryphantha macromeris) needs rain