I woke up early this morning for a solo adventure. I left Noelle, Sierra, and Parker in the hotel room and headed down to the wildlife refuge again for a 9.5 mile hike up Chupadera Peak. I was in the refuge early enough to see some cranes and geese hanging out by the two ponds near the north entrance.
The hike began with a stroll through the shrubby desert lowlands. If it weren't for the many cairns the trail would have been easy to lose amongst the creosote bush.
There was a cold wind, but I found a sheltered area just of the summit and ate a snack and drank some water.