|Prickly Pear in hiding
We trekked down the LDR-A arroyo and cut over to the new arroyo. Interestingly, as soon as we entered it the wind stopped. The sun warmed things up nicely--including me.
We went up the left branch nearly to its source, crossed over to the middle branch and hiked southward toward its head. Then we turned around and followed the middle down to the intersection with the right.
We meandered up the right branch to the ancient mesquite where we stopped for a brief respite; and then we went along on our merry way, exiting the arroyo via the steep hill beside the upper flatland road. Heelers were very well behaved today. All in all a great outing.
|Dead yucca and Barrel Cactus
|Small Barrel Cactus and Ocotillo
|Dead Prickly Pear
|Looking north down Middle Branch Arroyo
|Backlit Soaptree Yucca
|Looking south up Middle Branch Arroyo
|We made it through here
|Ocotillos on a bank in Middle Branch Arroyo
|Best friends: creosote and Barrel Cactus
|Prickly Pear with heart and a cat shadow
|Last 2: this morning's moon