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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Lazy Hike

This & next:  Ocotillos alongside LDR-A
Because I didn't feel totally enthused about this morning's trek I decided to meander down the arroyos that run nearly parallel to LDR-A from the upper flatland down to the Tellbrook Arroyo.  Willow and Frio were okay with that as it gave them plenty of time to inhale desert scents.

When we reached the Tellbrook we turned around and followed the arroyos back into the upper flatland.  Even though the hike was shorter than the ones we do normally we all seemed satisfied with the outing.  I was able to get some different perspectives on oft-photographed subjects, and the Heelers were able to explore areas not investigated before.

Soaptree Yuccas south of Tortugas Mountain

Long view east

Arroyo we explored

Yuccas and the mountains

Yucca stalks at nearly a right angle

Prickly Pear and Soaptree Yuccas

Soaptree Yucca stalk

The arroyo narrows

This & next:  same small mesquite

Ripe Barrel Cactus fruit

Yucca stalk scoliosis


Soaptrees and the mountains


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