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I find a few Gooding's verbenas blooming in the wash I climb over the next hill (a 75-foot rise), upon which I find a boulder with a tuft of cactus on its headThumbnailsNow that I'm in a smooth-bottomed wash in the Castle Peaks area, my hiking speed is picking up a littleI climb over the next hill (a 75-foot rise), upon which I find a boulder with a tuft of cactus on its headThumbnailsNow that I'm in a smooth-bottomed wash in the Castle Peaks area, my hiking speed is picking up a littleI climb over the next hill (a 75-foot rise), upon which I find a boulder with a tuft of cactus on its headThumbnailsNow that I'm in a smooth-bottomed wash in the Castle Peaks area, my hiking speed is picking up a littleI climb over the next hill (a 75-foot rise), upon which I find a boulder with a tuft of cactus on its headThumbnailsNow that I'm in a smooth-bottomed wash in the Castle Peaks area, my hiking speed is picking up a littleI climb over the next hill (a 75-foot rise), upon which I find a boulder with a tuft of cactus on its headThumbnailsNow that I'm in a smooth-bottomed wash in the Castle Peaks area, my hiking speed is picking up a little

Sometimes these are quite abundant in the Mojave Desert highlands, but I haven't seen many yet on this trip; I'm probably a bit late in the season.