|Unripe Barrel Cactus fruit|
By the time we exited the arroyo she was fairly far ahead, and we were able to trek back at our normal pace, stopping briefly in the shade of an arroyo at the side of LDR. Both Heelers--especially Frio--pulled a lot on the return, anxious to catch up with the people ahead of us. Fortunately, not long after we crossed the Tellbrook Arroyo heading south the woman had crested the steep incline into the upper flatland and disappeared.
On the steep ascent up LDR I welcomed the Heelers pulling because it helped me climb with less difficulty.
|Frio and Willow|
|Willow and Frio|
|A mesquite I thought was dead has come to life|
|This and the next: deadwood in First Arroyo|
|Looking southwest in First Arroyo|
|Rock with an odd burned spot|
|This and the next: Ocotillos and Organ Mountains|
|Much of the Chihuahuan Desert is still grassland|