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Hiking down this Castle Peaks wash is fun (it's a bit downhill), and then I reach this fairly recent barbed-wire fence

Hiking down this Castle Peaks wash is fun (it's a bit downhill), and then I reach this fairly recent barbed-wire fence Six minutes after my first balloon discovery, I stumble across a second one in the same Castle Peaks washThumbnailsA nice juxtaposition of pink cactus flowers and orange desert mallows in this Castle Peaks washSix minutes after my first balloon discovery, I stumble across a second one in the same Castle Peaks washThumbnailsA nice juxtaposition of pink cactus flowers and orange desert mallows in this Castle Peaks washSix minutes after my first balloon discovery, I stumble across a second one in the same Castle Peaks washThumbnailsA nice juxtaposition of pink cactus flowers and orange desert mallows in this Castle Peaks washSix minutes after my first balloon discovery, I stumble across a second one in the same Castle Peaks washThumbnailsA nice juxtaposition of pink cactus flowers and orange desert mallows in this Castle Peaks washSix minutes after my first balloon discovery, I stumble across a second one in the same Castle Peaks washThumbnailsA nice juxtaposition of pink cactus flowers and orange desert mallows in this Castle Peaks wash

This might be the Mojave National Preserve boundary. There's plenty of room for me to crawl under the fence, so I do. I just hope it will be as easy to cross when I encounter it again in a short while.