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I pick my way along the ridge line, avoiding barrel cacti and other pricklies Looking straight down into Bolder Spring wash from above around hill 1161ThumbnailsA pink-flowering buckwheat attracts a butterflyLooking straight down into Bolder Spring wash from above around hill 1161ThumbnailsA pink-flowering buckwheat attracts a butterflyLooking straight down into Bolder Spring wash from above around hill 1161ThumbnailsA pink-flowering buckwheat attracts a butterflyLooking straight down into Bolder Spring wash from above around hill 1161ThumbnailsA pink-flowering buckwheat attracts a butterflyLooking straight down into Bolder Spring wash from above around hill 1161ThumbnailsA pink-flowering buckwheat attracts a butterfly

The animal trail up here helps, but it's slow-going due to the thorns and the slippery gravel on the surface. With each step, it's important to position oneself to avoid the possibility of falling into a sharp cactus should one slip and lose balance.