Hubby and I have always enjoyed a wide range of diverse activities. We’re the kind of people who enjoy dressing up and attending a Ballet, Play, or Fine Art Museum in a major city and the next day we’ll equally enjoy hitting the road for a back country trip.Years ago, you could find us visiting Chicago’s Art Institute one day and the next we’d be packing up the truck, tent, and canoe and heading toward northern Minnesota for some remote woods roughing it. Those trips were always an adventure filled with campfires, fishing, and wild blueberry picking. We’d need to keep an eye out for any black bears while stealing their blueberries as an actual bear encounter was not usually part of the plan. Fun times, bear encounters included!
Arizona’s Phoenix valley, offers the diversity that Al and I enjoy. In my last post, I attended a Fine Arts Festival in the upscale community of Carefree. The terms refined and polished can easily be used to describe the northeast part of the Valley of the Sun aka Phoenix.
But let’s not forget, Arizona is located in the WEST and there’s still plenty of WILD left to entertain us all.
With our friends Mike and Linda in tow, we attended the Outdoor EXPO at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility located on the far north side of Phoenix. This family friendly EXPO was hosted by the Arizona Game & Fish Department.
Upon arriving, our attention was quickly drawn to the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Competition taking place. The four of us could have spent the entire morning watching this event.
The horses seem to be having as much fun as the shooters. Talk about the relationship between a horse and rider…. Wow! If you’re not sure what cowboy mounted shooting is, I encourage you to watch this 3 minute clip.
Actually Mike and Al checked out the guns while Linda and I sat at a shaded picnic table watching folks test out kayaks in the pool. We also needed to discuss our plans for a Desert Botanical Garden visit. Spring in the desert is not to be missed.
Gosh, who thought there could be so many different types of shooting and guns. Here’s a list of the different station areas for the various types of shooting;
- steel target shooting
- practical pistol shooting
- cowboy action shooting
- air gun shooting
- benchrest shooting
- black powder shooting
- .22 rifle steel target shooting
- BB gun shooting
- Intro to shooting
A third area was geared toward four-wheeling and shotguns. Want an exhilarating ride in a OHV? (off highway vehicle) Hop in one of these while an experienced driver whips you around the arena kicking up mud. Another area was set up for Rock Crawlers.In the above photo, the rock crawling boulder track and Jeeps are seen on the left in the distance.And no event would be complete without plenty of vendors to supply food and drink. BBQ and hamburgers took center stage with a choice of meet for the burger….. Angus, Bison, or Elk. Al went with the Elk while I prefer Angus.
With the exception of a few of the shooting stations and food, this whole event including parking was FREE of charge.
It was a fun family event…… and this coming from a non-shooter. Refined? Polished? I think not. Rough and tumble at it’s best. I needed a shower afterwards to wash off the layer of desert dirt coating my skin.