That place is now developing like crazy. Homes everywhere, stores, malls. From there to Estrella and out to Surprise. West Valley of PHX is now where all the action is. It is vast and it is amazing. New freeways have really opened it all up.<quoted text> LOL Guru, some trivia for you. I used to hunt coyotes down in Buckeye, back when there were just a dozen homes there. Got my van stuck in a wash and spent three days in the desert as we had plenty of water at the time, but then decided we needed to walk out or die there. We left a couple of hours before dusk and there were rattlesnakes all around us, but it was so hot, they just laid still as we walked over them. I only shot one, because it surprised me just as we reached a house about ten in the evening. We drank half of a five gallon bottle of water at the home and the guy used his truck to pull us out. As we drove back to Peoria around midnight we must have driven over 500 rattlesnakes on the road. We had been in 123 degree sun for three days, and the next day ate some of the thickest steaks in Arizona, just celebrating still being alive.
I have gotten stuck on Lake Mohave...and other places in AZ, but none like that! The rattlers were coming out of a rattlesnake den....a friend of mine had the same thing happen to him he actually walked on some of them then heard them rattle. I have seen a few rattlers going for water...people see them all over even in theri front yards. They call the Sheriff or whomever and they come out and move them about 50 feet from where you found them, put them under a bush and tell you they can't live anywhere else and don't mess with them. They leave them right in your front yard. You have to watch out at night or in the morning as you step off your front door. They like to curl up right under the steps. Ran into that too.
I have been stuck in many places in AZ. Done some rescuing too. You find out who you are when you are alone, your boat is on land after they drained the water out of the lake overnight, and then you wake up staring at the hot sun. Been in the 120's/...damn hot and deadly. Camped out for months on all the rivers. Trekked over land, and traded with the Indians. Saw the mountain lions, havalina's, rattlers, wild burros, coyotes, other snakes, wildcats, and a few other critters. None of them are as dangerous as people say. Just watch out for that damned cholla...that stuff is mean as hell.