North McKittrick Canyon from its North Rim: Part 2 of 5
We continue looking into the canyon below from this ledge:
Gaining a touch more altitude allowed another nice view back to the east:
Looking straight down from here is also nice:
But what do we see beyond this rocky outcrop? More opportunities to look down into the western reach of the canyon in the distance, another outcropping ridge like the one we are on! And yes, those are the Cornudas mountains on the distant horizon:
While we were looking down, some clouds were busily rolling in from the southwest--would they stay or would they go as quickly as they came? (They actually went away quite quickly leaving a partly sunny sky, nice!)
So, off we go, without-benefit-of-trail but with lots of animal-trail segments, heading for that next ridge:
We are now well underway, about halfway to the next ridge, and the clouds have lifted considerably, good!
As we approach the next ridge we see that it is an in-between ridge, and there is a much larger one beyond it! Oh goody!
So we start for the next, larger ridge and along the way the path toward the third ridge's crest was rather nice, with intermittent animal trails to follow:
At one point we ran into this strangely out of place bird house with feathers hung around it to either attract the bird desired, or warn off its predator, one of the two I'm sure. Next to it was a marvelously contorted alligator juniper tree, still very alive--in part!
We reach the terminus of the third ledge on the next page.
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