|Clouds echoing the topography, Palo Pinto County|
|View from the mesa|
|Keeping a willful dog out of the opuntia was... tricky.|
|Topo and satellite images of our trek.|
I should mention that I have a somewhat poor sense of direction. I am great at following trails and using maps and compasses, but if I rely on 'instinct', it generally ends poorly. I had thought to bring a borrowed GPS unit and printed out satellite photos, but somehow I forgot about the unmarked road leading more or less directly to my target. As a result, we ended up bushwhacking straight up and over a low mesa, through thick juniper and opuntia scrub, when we could've just gone around. I just about had a conniption fit up on top when it was cactus thickets in every direction. I was convinced I was going to blind my poor dog (or, rather, she would blind herself being an idiot), and I'd have to carry her back to the car and race off in search of an emergency vet. Despite these complications, we did find what we were looking for. We ended up turning back at the cusp of the canyon because it was fringed in a wall of cactus, and I just couldn't justify blinding my dog for the sake of exploration.
|View from near the road to the canyon|
|Migrating sand hill cranes passed overhead|
|Dog tired. (Hah!)|