This morning we got up and headed out to downtown Gallup with some fellow Travel Nurses to watch the Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial Parade. We stopped at Glenn's Bakery to get breakfast and then headed to find our spot. We chose to sit on 8th street not realizing that the parade stopped here along the route. If we had known this we probably would have chosen a different spot. But alas, it is what it is.....Here we are waiting for the parade to start.
Tim and Patrick catching shots of each other.
Tim, Patrick and Teresa all work together at Gallup and Lane is Patrick's wife. We are also all neighbors with each other at the RV park. We've met so many wonderful people here in Gallup!!
Garrett of course had no problem making friends next to the people we were sitting by.
He then went and picked rocks off the road and dropped them in the dirt we were sitting in. That way no one would trip and fall, LOL.....
Patiently waiting for the parade to start :)
The parade was very interesting. It was very slow moving as the spot we were sitting in everyone seemed to stop and wait for a long time. That was the worst part. It was fun though seeing all of the tribes, from Navajo, Apache and many others. The dances were fun to watch and the dressings they had were so different!! It was something I am glad we went and did. Definitely something you don't see every day!! I'm not posting all of the videos on here as there are way too many. The slideshow below has over 200 photos. That really isn't anything though. Tim took over 1000 pictures of the parade alone, along with over 20 videos. This isn't including the pictures and video I took on my phone.
Garrett got bored pretty quickly of all the stopping and waiting so he finally had enough. He decided to play in the dirt the rest of the time.
On our way home making funny faces with Mom :)
We got home and rested for a bit before heading out with our neighbor and fellow Travel Nurse Teresa to the Powwow they were having that evening at the Red Rock State Park. The first stop was taking a picture with the Bull they had in the parade.
So many different things from dancing, to drum playing, to a parade with all of the tribes. It was one of the highlights of the night!!
Then the flying men were up. They climbed up this pole with no safety harnesses. It was exhilarating and scary all at the same time!!
Garrett was enjoying Teresa and the dirt underneath the bleachers we were sitting on :)
After the flying men were done we headed over to the main arena area. There weren't a lot of seats left towards the bottom so we climbed up all the way to the top. Garrett at this point was very restless and not wanting to sit still. Needless to say he gave me heart failure while sitting up there.
What we did get to really watch was enjoyable.
The circle to close out the night.
I feel so blessed and thankful that we are able to go and do these things while traveling!! This is definitely something that I will remember for the rest of my life!!