Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
Trip End May 14, 2010

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Monday, April 19, 2010

Hey - SO I know we haven't written in a while.  Stuff has happened and we'll catch up on it later.  But for now I wanted to write down our Zuni, NM experience.

We realized today that our life basically boils down to going to places that are written on a paper in our "Book of Life."  (aka our schedule).  We call in to the office in CA twice a week where it is confirmed that "Yes - you have read the paper correctly - continue on to where the paper says to go."  And we go.  No questions.   So, when the paper told us to go to Zuni, NM for a 5:30pm show - we went.

Zuni is in the middle of the Zuni Indian Tribe Reservation - aka "Zuniland."  So we stayed in Albuquerque the night before the show and drove the three hours into the wilderness in the afternoon.  We got to stop in Gallup, NM for lunch on Route 66!  I still have the song stuck in my head.

Quick note - just marvel at these New Mexico City names:
Albuquerque (2 q's - 3 u's?  really?)
We passed Red Rock, White Rock, Black Rock and Blue Rock - however, I only ever saw brown.
Truth and COnsequences - yes, look it up - it's a city
and my FAVORITE - 
Elephant Butte, which features Elephant Butte Lake and Elephant Butte State Park.

Back to my story:
"Why," you may ask as we did, "do we have a show at a middle school at 5:30 pm?"  Camfel had done a show for the school a few months ago.  The teachers thought it was SO great that they wanted the whole community to see it.  So they brought us back for a community night hosted by the Teen Health Center.  The idea was for everyone to come out and have booths set up with various community organizations, and make it a community building evening.  About 20 people in Zuni decided that this was how they would spend the evening.  So, along with the people who set it up, the student council who sold soda and water, and us, about 40 people enjoyed this encor performance.

It was awkward.  We were so tired by the end.  Having driven 3 hours to get there with 3 more ahead of us to reach the next day's school - we were tired.  And we had little patience for the "helping" kids who helped Camfel last time so had zero respect for listening to instructions.

Anyway - I paint a grimmer picture than reality.  Truth is, we were glad to make the trip!  New Mexico is BEAUTIFUL!  As we drove through the ever rolling landscape, past deserts, tall forests, and mountains, Michael said to me, "I can see why the Native Americans would worship nature."  Yes, it is true - nature is so awe-inspiring out there.  However, the worship it invokes in us, is of the Creator.  Our God is so creative, and this land He made cries out to Him in praise.    
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