Last month I went down to Tucson to visit Steve. For the past few years he and I have attended a University of Arizona football game. Steve has pledged money to the U of A Foundation so we are allowed to view the game sitting in the Foundation Skybox. As most of you know, I'm not really a sports fan but watching the game from a skybox that has catered food, drinks and beer is just too good to pass up.
This year we watched the Arizona - Colorado game. The U of A does not have a very good team this year and the game was actually pretty boring. so we left at half-time. We wanted to attend the U of A vs Arizona State game but it is pretty popular and we could not get it this year. A couple of years ago we did get to attend the the ASU game. Maybe next year we can again.
On my way home I took a different route because I wanted to drive the Margie's Peak Trail. Access to this trail is on HIghway 85 that connects Gila Bend, AZ with Buckeye, AZ.
The Space Age Lodge in Gila Bend, Arizona
When I arrived in Gila Bend I drove thru town just to see how it looks these days. It has not changed much over the years. It appears to have grown somewhat but is still the Gila Bend that I remember. When they first built Interstate 8 thru Gila Bend you had to drive thru town as the interstate ended as you approached Gila Bend and began again after leaving town. It is not like that now. Interstate 8 now bypasses Gila Bend and you do not have to drive thru town. It was probably a speed trap back in the day. I used to eat there when travelling between Tucson and Eastern San Diego County.
Margie's Peak Trail
Margie's Peak Trail leaves Highway 85, goes east toward some hills and then circles back to 85 a few miles further down the road. Could not find the southern access point to the trail but found access to the trail at the northern end. I exited the highway and drove along a pipeline road until I found a road that turned south. I have a trail book that gives locations and descriptions of trails in the area. I followed the mileage points backward and the turn off to Margie's Peak was just where it was supposed to be. Margie's Peak trail is on BLM land and is well-marked and easy to follow. It is somewhat sandy in places but the sand is mixed with gravel so it is compacted pretty good and did not present a problem. Driving in deep sand is similar to driving in snow in that you need to keep up your momentum and maintain a consistent speed. There are many Saguaro Cactus in the area, The Saguaro is the signature plant of the Sonoran Desert. There was also a few Ocotillo Cactus and of course plenty of Creosote Bushes, which are abundantly found in both the Sonoran and Mojave Deserts.
Below is a video of my trip on Margie's Peak Trail. It was taken with my new dash cam so the resolution is much better and it also has a sound track.