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I leave the road and begin hiking cross-country to the Butcher Knife Canyon area, about a mile away Lots of purple salvia dorrii flowers in this areaThumbnailsI scramble over a few rocks on the way to Butcher Knife CanyonLots of purple salvia dorrii flowers in this areaThumbnailsI scramble over a few rocks on the way to Butcher Knife CanyonLots of purple salvia dorrii flowers in this areaThumbnailsI scramble over a few rocks on the way to Butcher Knife CanyonLots of purple salvia dorrii flowers in this areaThumbnailsI scramble over a few rocks on the way to Butcher Knife CanyonLots of purple salvia dorrii flowers in this areaThumbnailsI scramble over a few rocks on the way to Butcher Knife Canyon

I dodge tough shrubs and the occasional cholla cactus as I make my way over to Butcher Knife Canyon. The straight-line hike is barely a mile, but cross-country hiking requires longer distances as one walks around shrubs, and never in a straight line.