The final two days of our Arizona adventure brought us to the Buffalo Chip Saloon for some Friday night, “Southwestern style” adventures. You know you are in the right place when you see ten-gallon hats everywhere you look and a bull riding arena in the back of the bar.
And so we bought giant mugs of beer and found our spot in the stands. When in
Rome Cave Creek…
I may have been a little sunburned.
Alex took some amazing video of the final rider – the only one who was able to stay on his bull for the full eight seconds required to qualify. As a result, he easily took home $1,200. Not bad for eight seconds of work.
The announcer’s commentary is always entertaining if not slightly ridiculous.
I didn’t know much about the bull riding process, but you can learn more here. Once the show was over, we headed into the saloon to ooh and ahh over the amazing Western dancing, and took a crack at it ourselves.
Sam and I even learned how to line dance! I wish I would have been paying enough attention to remember what the song was called, but it was so much fun. We aced the basic moves by the end and were keeping up with the group!
When we got home, we refueled after all the dancing with some fresh strawberry shortcake.
We substituted angel food cake for the biscuits. It was heavenly. Then we called it a night – after all, we had to wake up early in order to begin our road trip to Sedona!
The red rocks of Sedona are breathtaking. The Grand Canyon has its own unique beauty, but Sedona is something else. You literally turn a corner on the road and are greeted by fiery mountaintops.
The four of us decided to hike the Jim Thompson trail, a five-mile loop with slight uphills. Along the way, we didn’t come face-to-face with much wildlife other than our good friend the lizard (with chameleon-like skin).
It was a great hike – the weather was not too hot (we really lucked out this trip). Alex and Sam each purchased new hats to keep extra cool. Doesn’t Sam make an excellent cowgirl?
We stopped at multiple points to take advantage of the vistas.
And re-live some of our Grand Canyon silliness.
After our hike, we even secured a self-timed group shot off the hood of the car.
Mad photography skillz if you ask me. 😉
We drove back into town famished and ready for some lunch at the Cowboy Club. The special of the day was a buffalo chicken sandwich, which I know is just about on the opposite end of the healthy food spectrum, but was delicious nonetheless.
It was served with a pretzel bun (I’m sensing a trend) and sweet potato fries.
Super spicy and just what I was craving. I also had a cool bottle of Sioux City Sarsaparilla.
All in all, it was a determinedly Western weekend. We arrived back in Scottsdale for a sunset dinner with my family at an Italian restaurant called Constantino’s.
Not-so-baby Bender was the photographer, but we had to get a family shot in, too.
The trip was over too soon, as always, but we had a really great time and look forward to future fourth-some adventures in the years to come. Thanks again for coming, Sam and Alex!
Do you have any upcoming trips that you’re looking forward to?
Julie recently posed this question, and I’m curious to hear, too. We’re headed to San Diego in August and Minnesota in September to round out the summer, while also having some family in town in the coming weeks. Looking forward to it!