"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Cody Pow Wow

Our next stop was the Cody Pow Wow.  It was an incredible display of sound and color.  I saw some of the most beautiful displays of Native American cultures.

I got to be in the front row as the dancers made their way toward the area that they would be dancing.  The rhythmic beat of the drums and awesome colors, feathers and bead work was mesmerizing.

We spent some of our time watching the dancing and some of our time wandering the booths looking at all of the art and jewelry that was for sale all the while smelling the flatbread tacos that were being served up.  The day had it all:  sights, smells and sounds.

This morning Jackie and I headed back into the Park under dark clouds and cool temps.  It was raining during most of our drive and snow was being forecast for the higher elevations.  I wanted to be back at Mammoth in time for the cookout that the store was having for the employees.  Richard brought his barbecue to the store and cooked up some delicious hamburgers and hot dogs while others chipped in by bringing cakes and vegetables.  I so enjoy the people that work at the store and everyone pulled together to pull off a wonderful lunch.  A nice way to end a nice week.