Rockclimbing, Australia in Arizona, American BBQ + a night as a cowgirl.

Started the day with Mike and Chris at Focus Climbing Center. I haven’t been rock climbing since I was a kid, so was really excited to try it again.

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Afterwards we head up towards Apache Junction to the Arboretum. We wandered around amongst the trees, and walked the main track right around.

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We were keeping our eyes out for birds, and saw some North American Cardinals for the first time.

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We also found an important bird area.

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At the other side of the track we had to trek down through the rocks. Mum and I went first, because Mountain Lions are meant to go for the second in line. Sorry David!

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A large part of the Arboretum is an ‘Australian Walkabout’, filled with trees and plants from home.

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Some paths we would walk down would look exactly like the Australian bush – every plant was from AUS.

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We found a suspension bridge, and like adults the first thing my parents did was run and jump and swing it as much as they could.

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After the walk we drove to nearby Filly’s Roadhouse, where everyone in town was drinking, dancing and laughing. A cover band was playing next to a long live cowgirls sign, and the dance floor was filled with cowgirls and cowboys bedecked in boots and hats. Nan and Grandpa had a dance, she said it was the first time he had danced with her in 30 years!

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Out the back there were red checked tablecoth-covered wooden tables where you could eat under the cacti and Superstition Mountains.

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We realised we were really in cowboy territory when we saw this sign on the fence.

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My family were keeping their eye out for a rich cowboy husband, but unfortunately the only one David told to dance with me made some excuse about having a bad knee and ran back to his bleach-blonde wife. No cowboy husbands today – but my Grandpa took me for a dance to make up for my broken heart.

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Then it was time to order, and in typical Lani BBQ fashion I ordered a half rack of Baby Back BBQ ribs, fried chicken, deep fried zucchini with ranch dressing, housemade chilli, cornbread, texas toast, steak fries and potato salad.

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Very disappointed I did not have room for Apple Pie.

 



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  • These were taken at Filly's Roadhouse Restaurant at the entrance to Tonto National Forest!. The owners are retiring and are selling this 22 year old legendary venue featuring live music 6 days a week and homemade applesauce! http://Www.DutchGirlHomes.com/Fillys #FillysRoadhouse

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