Appium Unable to interact with elements until they are clicked

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ANdroid 4.4.2 Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
While appium is able to see that the objects exist:

[1] pry(main)> page_class
get /source
32x android.view.View

When I try to interact with the specific elements it only finds a few of them.

[3] pry(main)> page :‘android.view.View’
get /source

android.view.View (0)
id: android:id/action_bar_overlay_layout

android.view.View (1)
id: android:id/action_bar

android.view.View (3)
id: com.xxxx.android:id/fake_layer
nil

That is, until I click on one of them in the app, making that specific item active, and then when I run the previous command again, I see info on just those selected items.

[4] pry(main)> page :‘android.view.View’
get /source

android.view.View (0)
id: android:id/action_bar_overlay_layout

android.view.View (1)
id: android:id/action_bar

android.view.View (3)
id: com.trulia.android:id/fake_layer

android.view.View (28)
desc: property. 3165143695.

android.view.View (29)
desc: property. 3167351877.

Expected result:
There should be about 30 of these items displayed without me manually having to click on each one:
android.view.View (28)
desc: property. 3165143695.

Thanks