Tomorrow I leave Flagstaff and head towards the Navajo Nation for an 190 mile long walk in to Gallup, New Mexico. While I leave The Navajo Nation just before Gallup, my next major stop is Albuquerque, New Mexico – 335 miles down the road.
My Flagstaff stop has been eventful, educational and it has touched my heart. I have several articles in the hopper about my stop here, but have found that I need a little distance in time to adequately put my experiences on paper.
Flagstaff has taken me out of my comfort zone in some ways, and in other ways deeper into a different comfort zone.
I have seen discrimination against people of color in Flagstaff to shock my sense of decency. I have seen political activism, environmental activism and an active underground to make me smile.
I have listened to stories from Navajo people to open my eyes and heart to current struggles, injustices and destruction of land.
I have lived communally again and allowed myself to enjoy the experience enough to make me think of future choices.
Most of all – as always – I have met amazing people. So, tomorrow I move out towards Starschool, Arizona. I promise to do my best to get my articles and pictures from my stay in Flagstaff up soon, but I have found that sometimes I need some distance in time to be a better writer.
Yesterday I started to walk Starschool without my pack as Klee offered car support. Tomorrow I gear up and leave Flagstaff, and the Good Bye is a smidgen sad.
And, for the near future, the Navajo Nation does not offer much cell phone connectivity. I will be out there for a full month and will probably only surface periodically.