Tuesday, June 28, 2016
We are home....decided to travel the whole 13 hours yesterday, traffic was good and we were rested and ready to get home. I've spent a good portion of the morning processing and reflecting on this all. As a spiritually creative human being, when I encounter moments like these it is very important that I document them some way and as I get older my thoughts have a harder time finding a good place to rest so I decided to sit and type them out.
A Life Shared Over BLT'S
I will now settle into the homestead the rest of the day to amerce myself with all that surrounds me here before I kick into gear tomorrow.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Our new anniversary Gift to each other.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
OK Can you find the prairie dog?
Looking from Bear Butte we had wonder what the haze was about and found out from a lightening strike a forest fire started.
Can you see the two buffalo out there....? Well when the Sacred Hoop Runners started to come they got excited and a Native Park Ranger let us know that the buffalo think the runners are wolves and are going to get them so the get all excited and antsy.
We chatted with the Elders, their Grandmother's, and found out this was a Family affair and they had run the day before at Devils Tower with there Daughters. And the Fathers and Son did earlier. They came in and headed to the Sweat Lodge below and will have a big dinner later this night.
I had some chilly spiritual stuff happening as I witness this and Randy was talking with the One Grandmother and she said there is problem with Meth and Heroin there....Doing the family things is so big in their traditions and culture....as we all are dealing with some form of addiction in our families...it just hit me the timing this whole vacation/ anniversary trip has been a blessed experience for sure. We had no Idea this would be going on at this time we drove up there. With Permission I share this video.
Here is the stage and Darren Thompson playing. He's going to be on Jim Falon's show in November this year and you'll see him with Ozzie and his son with a show that is coming out soon. I meet him while presenting a demo for Dillman's a few years back in Addison. He's from Lac Du Flambeau Reservation, a Ojibwa Native American. I walked up to him and he remember me...we only met at that demo...so it's awesome to witness this all. I wish him the best as he stand strong on bring back and introducing the Flute making and personal songs he plays.
A wooden bridge...so beautiful in this scenery.
This guy had his work in the Sculpture show in Sioux Falls too a few years back. Something to have it out there in the Wide Open of the Plains....the Wind was heavenly. I could have stood there all day.
Porter Sculpture Park
Love the smile on this guys face.
There were four of the ram guardians but I cut one off in the shot...
As Randy says get in the shot so we can see how big it really is...so there he is in the shot.
All made from Railroad plates...and other materials too.
Big sculpture show on the streets of Sioux Falls. When I came up to this one I just fell in love it with it. I've done a bit of stone carve and know that it's not easy at all. But something about it that spoke to me. When I touched it because I have to do that it was so smooth...
The fish was cool the way looking through it and what it had you focus on.
Something about this creatures looks that I was drawn to. I think the Rams nose is like a camel which I do love the face of a camel.
Some day I will be able to gallop along on a horse like that. Love the way this one makes me feel free.
The whole time we were walking the streets looking a the sculptures, I couldn't help but look up to see the Black Eagles-Turkey Vultures circling. My curiosity had me going wondering why they were there in city. What could be food for them there? Unless something died on the roof tops.
As we got to a clearing then I saw this the tower loaded with them. Perfect stop I guess. Later found out when we were chatting up with the Sculpture dude at the Porter Sculpture Park that the are endangered and protected so they can't doing anything about it...they've tried ways to chance them off but the keep coming back. This is when I say Embrace it and let it what it is. Kind of cool in my book though. Had to travel all this way for exciting things like this...right? but this is the kind of stuff I enjoy to learn about.