|North Route: GREEN DAYS- LONG WALKS|
Hello to all from Longest Walk Northern Route. Today's Memorial Day walk began sunny, got cloudy and ended sunny...kinda sounds like my moods sometimes...Anyways Starting early in Richmond the walkers headed east on route 4- towards Englewood which is just outside of Dayton, Ohio.
On route the walkers first came upon a farmer family- looked like husband wife and grandfather who were hard at work today clearing rocks from their fields. They were collecting grandfathers I thought... As we approached they asked about the walk and Paul Owns A Sabre and Marie handed out a Longest Walk info postcard.
As a farmers work is truly never done they smiled and went back to work with a really cool green John Deere tractor!
Very cool indeed.
As the walkers continued they went by fields of wheat growing and blowing in the breeze, older farmhouses and field of fresh turned soil. Everywhere we walked, people in the landscape were in the process of growing something- planting, tilling, tending, watering...Spring.
Willie and Patti Lonewolf walked many miles today- Willie held the head staff and Patti held the childrens staff. Oglala Lakota and original walker, Billy Mesteth led with the staff acoss the green landscape of Ohio.
Marsh also carried staff today and Yukio drummed and chanted the entire walk for the day with some very sore toes- I saw those toes!! Pray for Yukio's toes!! :-)
About half way through the walk today, the walkers came through a small town and were joined by two young ladies who were carrying a feather. The two young girls had heard about the Longest Walk and their mother drove them to join us in order to gift us a feather. As the walkers stopped for a break, the 2 young ladies very kindly presented their gift to the walkers via Willie Lonewolf. It was a kind hearted act of goodwill from 2 very promising future leaders and women!! Migwetch for your actions girls.
At this time we also joined again by the Crowdog family and had some fun taking photos during the break- and even one of Lil'crowdogs shoes which are signed by all the walkers! See photo of sooooome sneakers.... :-)
Ok , so where was I in this story, oh yes....The walkers ended the day in Englewood, Ohio at the Future Energy and Conservation Center where we were greeted by a very tall handsome, animated........um group of ...strong as steel.......ummm...windmills!!! HA!! It was a good day for them- wind was constant and as we closed in a prayer circle and smudge you could hear the blades quietly moving in the wind from all 4 directions I am sure....
Due to a technical logistics issue the Walkers went ahead of schedule and drove into Antioch College for a night of food, friends from 1978 and campgrounds in the State Park. As we pulled up to the Corretta Scott Center we were greeted by drums from the Antioch College Community.Paul Owns The Sabre sang a song and then Antioch and Walkers exchanged welcomes and handshakes.
After setting up camp at the State Park, walkers returned to the Corretta Scott King Center for an incredible dinner prepared with no warning in one hour by the Antioch people. The food was incredible- fresh greens, Buffalo, All kinds of really healthy grains and rice dishes with veggies and sauces, delicious desserts, pastas, hot dogs , chips and salsas , gourmet pizza...I though to myself...hmmmm I think I could move in here!! and be one of those...y'know "full time couzins...who are always in the fridge!!" LOL
The walkers enjoyed reuniting with some of the Antioch orginal walkers from 1978 and closed the night with some drumming and singing- the AIM victory song and others. Jimbo, Paul, Billy, Patti, and Willie. A 1978 mini-reunion!