Starting up the Bull of the Woods trail on Wheeler Peak, the highest point in NM at 13,100'+
Deb and Marley coming up behind me
The dogs were off leash, but wouldn't be for long!
They see something up above on the ridge
It was a nice hike up
Storm clouds moving in, it's monsoon season...
Getting in some running when the trail flattened out
Storm produced pea sized hail that went on for a good 30 minutes
But didn't se any lightening, so we continued on up. Plenty of thunder!
This is what the dogs were seeing....Mountain goats, a whole herd of them.
They hardly noticed us and to me looked skinny and rangy
"Hey, are those dogs coming up!"
Almost posing for us
The dogs were now leashed, but the goats were still nervous, but wouldn't leave the trail.
Some babies in there, too, which made me a little nervous.
Trail up ot the summit with Goats in the way...and there was a big male staying behind protecting his family.
The dark guy is the male...
Gibbs was frantic, his predator response was incredibly strong
He pulled me up the trail
They were cautious
Where'd they go, Gibbs?
Looking around as we made our way to Wheeler
Wheeler is that next hump
Deb was freezing...Marley was pulling her up
Mt Walter comes before Wheeler
Losing their winter coat
Trail to Wheeler, then we head back
There they are again!
Windbreak on Wheeler
Ridge back to the truck
Storm's looking worse, got to get moving
On the way down
Marley and Gibbs are tired now. We mistakenly took them off their leashes and we came around a corner and watched them chase a small pack of Goats down a steep hillside (cliff). We thought we lost them, but saw them was off in the distance. The wind was so strong they couldn't hear us, but they made it back up before the storm intensified. Tired, but not broken.
Nice trail down
Sun was coming back out
Deb and two tired doggies
Very nice downhill trail to run
Truck's down there...
A hawk we saw just hovering in one spot above us
Marley and Gibbs getting a drink