A few of the locals came by in the morning to welcome us to their neighborhood.
They couldn't stay long.
I wanted to explore a canyon I could see off in the distance.
It is in the center of the photo.
My uneducated guess is that at one time millions of years ago this area was a huge sandy desert like the Sahara and this may have been a large sand dune.
I was able to climb up as far as the tree in the center of the photo
and as you can see here, that was far enough.
Coming around the side of the "dune" my objective came into view.
At this point I really studied the terrain making sure what I went down into I would be able to climb up back out of. I sure wouldn't want to get stuck down there.
I made it and this is the view looking straight up.
Imagine the water falling from the edge up there during a rainstorm.
Someone lives up in that little hole and by the signs of all the little rodent bones that were lying around the area it must be a hawk or falcon.
I climbed up into a side canyon and upon reaching the top saw it fell off into another canyon on the other side.
There was a straight drop-off so that was the end of the trail for me.
It must be an impressive small waterfall during the rains.
Now how did that rock get there?
On the way back, the only one of these flowers I've seen.