In 1967 my father bought a Pontiac Catalina and a dingy old travel trailer and took his girlfriend, my brother and me on a road trip. Over the next 8 weeks we drove 13,498 miles, visited 51 parks, and saw wonders like geysers, redwoods, grizzlies, and the Summer of Love in San Francisco. The trip made an indelible impression, cementing my appreciation for the natural world and the American landscape. This summer Pamela and I hope to repeat the experience for our family.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Dave: Little Bighorn Battlefield Trading Post

We stop at aCrow Indian Reservation trading post for dinner. What a lucky decision. We eat out on the porch, with an incredible view of the rolling hills and grasslands. The soundtrack is Indian chanting, not some banal rock and roll. The food is excellent, just about the best fry bread we've had.

And, most interesting of all is the eavesdropping. A young man sits by himself at a table next to us working on his laptop. I glance over his shoulder and see he is checking Facebook and Gmail. The name on his facebook account is Dennis Bear Won't Run.

Soon another older man sits down nearby and they start talking about reservation politics. Dennis is evidently a first year law student, trying to determine what sort of law he wants to practice. As he says, there are many areas to choose from in reservation life.

The older man may have been a lawyer too. He was certainly very sophisticated in his analysis of reservation politics and economic issues. He talked knowledgably of issues such as foreclosures on the res, lobbying Congress to get particular concessions, and discussing issues with the Secretary of State.

It was fascinating to listen to them.

1 comment:

  1. Familae Wicini,
    Great trip you've got going. I thought I would have to complain about not enough photos, then I saw the giant prairie dog sculpture. Well, there's a gift!. thanks

    Reminder, if you make it to Portland and have time to say hi to Nathaniel - his number is (617) 838-6315.

    And, if you only have time to see one thing in Portland, go to Powell's Book Store. It is the greatest bookstore I have ever been lucky enough to see. It is always on our must visit list when we are within 100 miles of Portland. The books are well-priced, unless you go to the Rare Book Room, which I recommend, but don't bring your wallet with you when in that room.

    Enjoy your trip, and more postings please.