Goose Neck Camping

Trip Start Mar 12, 2012
Trip End Jul 10, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Utah
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The next day was rather chilled (thankfully). We drove out to a lovely blue lake to have a swim and escape the midday heat which was nice, and very much welcomed after our sweltering night! Then we drove quite a way to our camp spot for the night. We drove down a long road, as pretty soon could see this huge canyon before us. Jimmy scared us all by driving right up to the edge really fast! Queue lots of screaming. So we all got and looked down at this amazing canyon, carved out by the river. It was just so awesome. The campsire itself was barren, with just a toilet and nothing else! But that was pretty standard. 

 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! My god, were they tasty! They were delicious, I must have had like twelve of them! After dinner, we went to watch sunset at the canyon rim, which was really cool. As we were sitting there, the other group camping there were around too. They seemed to be a group of young Navajo kids. An older man with them started talking to us briefly, saying he used to take the Green Tortoise on trips round Monument Valley, which we could see on the horizon. We just relaxed for a while as the sun went down, and eventually there were just five of us left. 

 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!
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