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After crossing the summit again at Hill 1114, I take a short break in the first shade of the day before hiking down to my tent

After crossing the summit again at Hill 1114, I take a short break in the first shade of the day before hiking down to my tent The climb up the old road over the tailings pile is steepThumbnailsBack at my tent well before sunset, I rest and eat a little, then take a few photos before the sun fades awayThe climb up the old road over the tailings pile is steepThumbnailsBack at my tent well before sunset, I rest and eat a little, then take a few photos before the sun fades awayThe climb up the old road over the tailings pile is steepThumbnailsBack at my tent well before sunset, I rest and eat a little, then take a few photos before the sun fades awayThe climb up the old road over the tailings pile is steepThumbnailsBack at my tent well before sunset, I rest and eat a little, then take a few photos before the sun fades awayThe climb up the old road over the tailings pile is steepThumbnailsBack at my tent well before sunset, I rest and eat a little, then take a few photos before the sun fades away

Gee, it only took me 15 minutes to climb up that hill (375 feet)?

While relaxing here just below the summit, a hummingbird comes over to me and hovers for a while, checking me out from various different angles. He must be attracted to the blue of my backpack since I'm not wearing any other bright colors.

I'm always intrigued by the hummingbirds that I see in the desert because it seems that there might not be enough flowers of the correct sort for them to survive out here.