Yesterday we took a ride out west of town to see if we could find the Cinnabar Mine again. Unfortunately we missed the road but now we know where it is so next time we will go right to it (I hope).
The party consisted of: Jo Ann, Dave, Missy, Junior, Becky, Dennis, Kathi, Bob, Patti and I.
Dennis and Dave loaded Dave’s two quads and the rhino on Dennis’ big trailer.
We got under way at 9:00 and drove west on I-10 to Tom Wells Road where we crossed to the south side of the freeway, found a wide spot and unloaded the ATV’s.
We headed south on Tom Wells Road and took a couple of wrong turns where we had to back track. After a few other wrong turns we decided to just take a ride not trying to actually find the mine. Eventually we got on a fun trail
that wound through the Yuma Proving grounds and eventually came out on The old Yuma Road which is a wide graded road that took us back to Quartzsite.
Along the way we saw many fresh wild flower and cactus blooms.
Greasewood, or Creosote bush.
Of course we stopped in a wash for lunch.
Patti took a few macro pictures of very small flowers.
Later she got one of her famous lizard shots.
We knew we had circumnavigated the mountains when we saw the Kofa range to the east from Weaver Pass.
We had a good ride and everyone was suitably tired when we got home.
Kathi, Bob, Patti and I went to the new restaurant in town for supper. The food was ok but the service left something to be desired. It took us an hour and a half to get our food. Perhaps it is just due to the fact that the place just opened a week ago but if they don’t fix the problem they won’t be open very long.