|Soaptree Yucca stalks|
Decided to change up our routine this morning by hiking up to First Arroyo, a trek we haven't done in months. In the doing I was reminded of why we've chosen not to take that route: the condition of the road--although today it was firmer from recent rains--and the chance that hikers might be approaching from the south, which they were today.
In order to avoid the two outdoor enthusiasts Willow, Frio and I had to bushwhack eastward through a series of adjoining arroyos that led us back to the Tellbrook Arroyo. We then followed the arroyo that parallels LDR-A back into the upper flatland.
Aside from the Heelers nearly ripping my arms out of their shoulder sockets when twice they tried to pursue a fleeing jackrabbit it wasn't a bad outing. The temperature was surprisingly comfortable even though it was 39F at start; 57F when we finished up.
|Tortugas and the Organ Mountains|
|Entering First Arroyo|
|This & next: Willow and Frio relaxing in First Arroyo|
|Heading out of First Arroyo|
|Last 2: mesquite leaves w/ Soaptree Yucca leaves as backdrop|