We go early. We wear sunblock, hats, and sunglasses. We carry walking sticks and water.
We watch the trail carefully for all the slithering, stinging, and biting creatures who live in the desert.
We admire the volcanic vistas and rejoice in the immense desert skies overhead.
We know that anything could be over the next rise: A badger, a javelina, a tarantula, a rattlesnake.
Not many people, though.
It's harsh, it's hot, and it's beautiful in the Chihuahuan Desert.
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