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.”
Fields of Wildflowers
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.
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.