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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Before the Baths

First 7:  yellow desert
It was a hard slog for the three of us this morning, hot, humid and difficult trekking conditions--large stretches of LDR are so sandy it's like hiking along a beach.  Willow and Frio with their four-wheel drive seem to navigate the sands much better than me.

We saw nobody else out there today, not even any vehicles parked at the Tellbrook/Sonoma Ranch corner lot.  It takes a special kind of derangement, I guess, to be out hiking on such a day.

When we got back it was time to prepare for bathing of the canines.  Frio went first, and although he doesn't over-react to a bath he isn't exactly the most cooperative subject.  Willow, on the other hand, is a near-perfect participant in the cleaning process; she stays perfectly still while we thoroughly bathe her.  We now have temporarily clean Heelers, and I have an aching back.

Ocotillo on the southern ridge above First Arroyo

Sphinx Moth larvae having another go round

Frio and Willow on the road back

This & the next:  Black-throated Sparrow

Stingleaf and the Organ Mountains


1 comment:

Dr. K said...

I'm glad you're taking so many photos of the Chinchweed so we can remember what the desert looks like now (as opposed to its usual brown shades).

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