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Gila County

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  • Day173

    Crash and Burn in Phoenix

    November 5, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    As we left Prescott we were delighted to finally find another Trader Joe's, our favourite grocery store which we haven't seen since we left the east coast, so we stocked up on good stuff. It wasn't a hard decision to avoid the Interstate and take the winding mountain road, as these will be our last for a while. We even found BBC World Service News on the radio at one point (presumably there was a British base around?). We spent the night at a little dispersed campsite up high and drove on down into Phoenix the next morning.

    We met up with Jo's family: Chris, Barb and their son Nick who was in town for his dad's poker night. We parked up overnight at their mums house in town and went for a delicious tasting menu at a fancy restaurant, which was a bit of a (v welcome) culture shock compared to campground cooking! (PS thanks again Chris - best meal we've had). We had a lazy morning watching the English footy, and then stupidly decided to go out for a run in the midday heat (we are now in the desert which is still v hot after several months in the hills where things are cooling down rapidly). We then headed up to the May house to help prep for their 'real men wear pink' breast cancer fundraiser poker night. Some 21 players, varying from an ex-Vegas dealer (unsurprisingly the eventual winner) to complete novices. Despite only playing once or twice with mates I threw my hat into the ring and amazingly made it through to the final table, and eventually holing out in 4th place, just outside the money :( It was a fun night but we made a rather dubious decision to get up in 4 hours time for the north London derby, as Chris & Nick are both ardent Spurs supporters. It was surprisingly busy for 5am and the game didn't disappoint, neither did the full Irish breakfast and pint of Guinness!

    It was really nice seeing so many family and friends over the past few weeks, but we had to tear ourselves away to get to Joshua Tree NP and on over the border.
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  • Day170

    Friendly Pines

    November 2, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Jo's family has this great story about a young English man who was sent to Arizona to learn to fly fighters during the war, and who jokingly promised to return and marry the daughter of the family he was billeted with. Unfortunately Jo's Uncle Jack has since passed but his wife (the daughter!) Bebe still runs the Friendly Pines camp out in the Arizona forest, and we went and stayed with Megan, Jo's second cousin, who is learning the ropes to continue the family business. She just picked up her new rescue dog, and little Sadie was the cutest thing going, although older Ginger was a bit confused by this new bundle of energy.

    As much as we love Elvis it was again so nice to spend some time in a real house, particularly cooking in a proper oven. We did some hiking up Spruce Mountain and even dusted off the running shoes to further explore the beautiful forests.

    We were there over Halloween so we went down to the posh Mount Vernon Street, along with the rest of the town, for an incredibly extravagant spooktacular evening.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Gila County, ሒላ ካውንቲ፥ አሪዞና, مقاطعة جيلا, Хила, গিলা কাউন্টি, Comtat de Gila, Condado de Gila, Gila konderria, شهرستان جیلا، آریزونا, Gilan piirikunta, Comté de Gila, 希拉縣, Gila, okrug, Gila megye, Ջիլա շրջան, Contea di Gila, ヒラ郡, Gila Kūn, Hrabstwo Gila, گیلا کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Gila, Округ Хила, Gila Kontluğu, Гіла, گیلا کاؤنٹی، ایریزونا, Quận Gila, Condado han Gila

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