Goose Neck Camping
Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
57Trip End Jul 10, 2012
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After taking lots of photos, we set up camp, and then the Chinese group on our bus had decided to cook us all a traditional meal of Chinese dumplings, which was so sweet of them. So we all helped out, especially Olga and Sophie who got very good at making them
We were sitting there when the man came back and sat down with us, and all the children came too. His name was Joe, and he said the childen has asked him to come and play some music for us. They were doing a 40 mile bike tour around the reservation, called 'Tour de Res'. It was meant to connect the children to their Navajo culture. He brought his traditional pipes with him, and played us some beautifully haunting songs on them. The sun had set and the stars were out, and that combined with the pipes and the wind blowing, it was truly a magical experience. Then Joe let us all have a go on the pipes. Sophie who plays flute was best, but we all could blast out a few notes after a while. Then all the children introduced themselves in the Navajo language, and told us their four clans. We then introduced ourselves too, and they asked us some questions about our home countries
After that we did some star gazing, and they showed us some Navajo consellations. Some shooting stars even flew overhead. After a long time of chatting, it was time for the kids to go to bed, so we said goodbye, and Joe gave us some parting words to remember, about looking after the earth and each other, because that was the most important thing. He then played us one last beautiful song to send us on our way.I went back to camp with a huge grin on my face. It had been so cool talking to them, and really made my day! As we were walking back to camp, we bumped into Lukas who had been sent to find us. We spent the rest of the night round the campfire singing Bohemium Rhapsody, and then that night I slept our under the stars. Falling asleep looking up at the clearest night sky I've ever seen was amazing, I can't emphasise that enough. Needless to say I slept very well that night!