when i'm happy or excited i have a tendency to be somewhat chatty...i began discussing different moments of brightness and before we knew it the trip had dissolved into miles and miles of laughing over the silliness and fol-de-rol (ohhhhh how i LOVE that i used that word!). Beaver gave us a "tsk tsk" from time to time but truth be told he was pretty chuckly himself over some of our nonsense.
We arrived at Wellpinit and there it was, the cloud of dust you can see from a mile off even in the dark - people milling about preparing for their category of dance or still making camp, some of them just going around greeting old friends and hugging family still, the rapid drumbeat of the stickgame arena could be heard echoing through the grounds with the deeper steady beat of the pow wow drums in the background. Pow wow food aromas wafted through intertwined with campfire smoke and different medicines being burned in preparation and/or celebration.
we're HERE...we set up our camp quickly, grabbed our chairs and I grabbed my bell rattle - off we went to the stickgames! How refreshing to hear these songs again - it's like the first headlong plunge into the deepest coolest mountain lake at the beginning of summer - the shock awakens you to the depth of your being and before you know it you're singing along - even if you DON'T know the song! We played for a time and then went to bed all tired, dusty and happy.
day two (Saturday) awakened to a cool mountain breeze, i woke up and sat in my chair just watching the grounds until Brother woke up. it was awesome to watch - different ones brewing camp coffee and cooking sausages on campfire stoves, but today we also had a plan:-)
we drove to Spokane where the first order of business was finding this little out of the way restaurant we'd discovered a year or so ago - named "dolly's" after the owners little dog...can't think of the breed but they're little and cute...anyway, the atmosphere of this restaurant along with the utter homey-ness of the food made it worth finding again...we had our breakfast then headed off to have our showers at the flying j truckstop...we had PLANNED on doing some "old ladying" (thrift store shopping) but somehow the gambling itch of last night's stickgame stuck and we found ourselves heading over to the casino in Spokane...where we gambled our asses off but fortunately my brother is wise enough to hold on to some stickgame money...