|Last night's moon|
Willow, Frio and I did the exploration I outlined yesterday: down LDR-A arroyo, across to Right Branch Arroyo, and then up Middle Branch into its higher reaches.
Some of the hiking involved passing through some gnarly stretches that--at one point--saw the human hiker stooping over as far as he could to pass under the thorny branches of a low mesquite.
The effort was worth it, though, as we discovered an area populated by larger Barrel Cacti; amazingly, a lot of the barrels were leaning quite dramatically.
Exiting a particularly narrow section of Middle Arroyo required us to climb a steep hill to our east, and from there we were able to bushwhack across a treacherous stretch of ridge, and then descend a steeper hill into Left Branch Arroyo. From there we followed our normal route back to the CR-V.
|This & next 2: exploring Middle Arroyo|
|This & next: leaning 4' Barrel Cactus|
|2 1/2-foot Barrel|
|Another leaning Barrel, this one about 3'|
|This Barrel has leaned so far it's nearly prone|
|This & next 4: hot air balloons|
|This & next 2: we descended a steep hill into Left Branch|
|Artsy (computer enhanced) balloon shot|
|Last 2: Frio and Willow in Right Branch Arroyo|
Nice photos of the balloons--the first ones of the year. And that's a gorgeous photo of last night's moon.
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