First stop was a beer at the Lazy Lizard in Ocotillo.
Someone got creative with the water tower at Dos Cabezas
Dos Cabezas train depot
Cholla as far as the eye can see
Negotiating the trail out to our campsite. Actually you can take the long way around but it is not as fun.
Camp set up in Mortero Wash
Trying out the new Scepter water can holder.
Notice 10L Scepter water can and 10L Scepter gas can in foreground.
The Desert is all about down time. To relax at this spot go to - Lat: 32°43'32.21"N Long: 116° 8'9.63"W :-)
Utilizing the last few hours of sun to power the Engel Fridge
If you look close you will see a face.
We found a bunch of bullet shells around the area
Sunrise looking towards El Centro
Getting a better vantage point to scout for Jan and Gina
Betsie the HJ60 climbs the "4-Wheel Drive only" obstacle heading towards the trail head.
Starting the hike towards Mortero Palms.
Mary and Gina.
Old watering trough near Mortero Palms.
Jan gives Linda a helping hand
The Mortero Palms grove is very impressive. You almost expect to see a tropical beach nearby.
Scouting our path amongst the rocks.
Looking back towards Mortero Wash. The trail head is just out of view to the right.
Hearty desert hikers Jan, Mary and Gina
Stopping for a breather along the trail.
You get a short reprieve from climbing, just in time for the descent into Goat Canyon
Desert Lupine with brilliant purple flowers.
Linda's technique was second to none.
First view of the trestle is amazing
The awe inspiring Goat Canyon Trestle.
Gina points to the correct path towards Mortero Palms and the vehicles
Desert zombies out in the middle of nowhere. We had no idea who they were, military, minutemen, Mexican immigrants? All we know is they were dressed in black and seemed surprised to see us.
Gina above the Mortero Palms grove
We were beginning to see some Desert color.