It felt like it had been months since we did our Sunday trek up the Cochise Stronghold trail, but it had only been 3 weeks. Today was a perfect day to continue our habit and keep the body in shape. A perfect morning too: cloudy, with a slight breeze. More humidity than we are used to, but the system that was forecast to bring rain did not materialize here.
The trail had an abandoned feel to it, although some horses had been to the top. After the campground closure at the beginning of June, few people apparently take the hike. Too bad too, because the lechuguilla (Agave lechuguilla) is in bloom, perfuming the way, and the flowering coral bean (Erythrina flabelliformis) is spectacular.