The purpose of this little jaunt was to collect some seeds of the Scarlet Creeper plant from the dying vines, which were ridiculously abundant this summer. I had gathered some while in the Chiricahua Mountains in early September, but the pods were still green and the seeds possibly immature, so I wanted to find some that I knew were viable. I almost waited too long, since I needed to see a flower to be sure I was gathering the right ones. These summer vines can look pretty similar and tend to all twine together. Fortunately there were a few that still had some late flowers, so mission accomplished. I didn't have to go far up the trail, and basically hung around near the research station in my quest. The amount of plant growth everywhere I have been this summer has been off the charts.