Trying to squeeze in another hike before Father Time and the Rising Sun catch up with me. The trick is to bring lots of water and electrolytes and be done with your hike before 11 a.m. The problem is to remember to drink the water, drink it early and often before you think you really need it. Struck out on all these requirements on top of which there were only a few straggly ocotillo flowers, and a couple hedgehog cactus in bloom. Not even one brittlebush, no lupine, no poppies on the Pass Mtn. loop from the Meridian parking lot. Wonderful breezes, however; nice to see they’ve added all those rest benches, but the last two miles downhill even, at 88 degrees, proved to be extremely taxing on the older folks. There were plenty of hikers out today, even several starting out counter clockwise at 11 am. Hard to fathom. It’s an Edward Abbey desert out there; It endures our suffering with implacable indifference. The Meridian TH adds about .6 miles to the loop. As usual, Phil took the photos, even without a filter.
Some ocotillo, a few hedgehog cactus in bloom, nothing else.