Cattle roaming in Quebrada Santa Cruz
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Cattle roaming in Quebrada Santa Cruz

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Roaming cattle greeted me the moment I reached greener land. I could not remember seeing many of them when I did this trail in 2009 coming down in the opposite direction.

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