Gorgeous Gamez Trail Ride

Jane and Leyman invite Storm and me to join their Monday group for a Jeep adventure on Gamez Road.  Leyman tells us that the ride won’t be too difficult, but Jane promises a successful hunt for Mexican Poppies.  At first I am leery.  While I have faith in their leadership, I hope that “hunting for Mexican Poppies” is actually legal.  I am especially conerned that it may be another Arizona code word for “hunting rattlesnakes.”

Jane adds her own splash of color to the desert

Fields of Wildflowers

What a view!

As the ride unfolds, Jane’s prophecy is fulfilled.  Bright, yellow wildflowers carpet the fields bordering our path.  Sprinkled among the poppies are purple, white and orange blooms as well.  The excitement builds as the colors become more vivid and abundant toward the end of our ride.

Best Caption?

We linger at a scenic pull-off along the trail and I spot these 2 hawks hovering overhead. I immediately assume I am under attack by more snake dropping raptors and scurry for cover. I wanted to label this picture "bomb bay doors open, ready to release payload. Snakes away!!" Storm's mind went in a more aeronautical direction. He captioned this one: "Desert approach, Hawk flight of two inbound for landing... Roger, Hawk flight, check gear down... Desert Approach, confirmed gear down and locked."

A Test Run

In our backseat sharing the colorful scenery with us are daredevils and professional off road equipment testers, Bob and Mary.  They agree to accompany us and give us feedback on the comfort of having their own personal grab bars and individual emergency escape exits in the seats behind Storm and me.  Storm also uses this trip to test our new ARB 12 volt twin under the hood air compressor while I test my ability to navigate using a GPS enabled tablet with the Gaia app loaded.  For the results of our tests, check out the video below.

This overlook/campsite is also the trailhead to a hike down to an overnight cabin.

Favorite Views

A Ride-Along Video

*8x normal speed on ride sections

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

9 Replies to “Gorgeous Gamez Trail Ride”

  1. Jim & Sandy Dukeman says: Reply

    WOW, What a ride, thanks. It sure is pretty out there when it is NOT snowing. :<)) We went to Lake Norman today to see a Thrush Ag plane converted to a quick response fighter plane, what a hoot, and it is cheap to run as well. Great time, and to top it off with a ride through the desert is about all the happiest I can take for one day. Take care and keep em coming. GOD BLESS
    JD/SD
    Jim & Sandy

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Glad I could contribute to your happy day! Storm and I had to search for a picture of the Thrush online. That is something. We see all sorts of things flying border surveillance over us here – maybe one day we will see one of those!!

  2. Now, if you only had an ARB Digital Tyre Gauge to go with that compressor. Oh wait, you do have one. It’s in my living room. Glad to see the compressor works as advertised.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      HAhaha!!! Yes – we do! I forgot to mention how very much Storm loved the clip-on air chuck. At least his back really liked it.

  3. Your pictures are so pretty. Glad to hear the back seat has been tested and was a success! Looks like you had a great day out in the sun. We are supposed to get to 70 today and am looking forward to that.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Thank you, Terrie! Yes – we have the back seat all ready for your next desert photography run. Glad to hear that Spring is headed your way – enjoy!!

  4. Sandy Dukeman says: Reply

    The trail you went on – seeing the video I kept wondering if it was a loop road and you’d end up where you started or did you have to turn around and come back? Road looked endless but so pretty, sandy dukeman

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      It is a loop road. At first Jane was disappointed because she thought the flowers not blooming yet. The further we went, the more wildflower fields we saw. At the end it was spectacular! BTW – I am about 3/4 through with the mat. A little slow because I add to it each week after grocery shopping and getting more bags 🙂

  5. Bob and mary says: Reply

    We had so much fun. Thank you!

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