The first day began at dawn. Volunteers gathered at the edge of the lake just outside Winslow to greet the dawn just as the Navajo elders do. It is a quiet time. You can hear the beavers swimming in the lake. Often a heron will take flight. As the sun rises the group reflects on why they are there and takes in the spiritual nature of the dawn. I recently saw a video that described Navajo prayers at dawn. It is beautiful... enjoy!
The day ended with a beautiful ceremony and a dinner provided by a Navajo family. We had delicious Navajo Tacos topped off with carrot cake. We shared our inspirational stories and realized, once again, that reaching out a hand of friendship to the traditional Navajo elders is more meaningful than we could ever realize.
Tomorrow we head out to Sanders. It is a small food run, but we always receive a warm welcome. Last season, we were gifted with "Somebody in Sanders Loves You" t-shirts. I will proudly wear mine tomorrow.