Day 3: Saturday, March 5th

Today we went to Chaco Canyon. The Chaco canyon buildings are over 1,000 years old! The amazing thing about Chaco canyon was the builders made it so that the buildings were all aligned with the sun. Since the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the builders aligned the back walls perfectly east to west. From our lodge it took 5 hours to get there. That is a long time to stay in the car. When we finally got to Chaco Canyon everyone was anxious to get out of the car and into the fresh warm air. Once we got out we saw Pueblo Bonito. We walked around the whole site. It was amazing. We saw a bunch of kivas. These were circular spiritual places for ceremonies. Next we drove to the biggest buildings. This was our favorite part of the day! We climbed up to the very top of the canyon. There were all of these jagged rocks everywhere. Mulhern even made us climb on our hands and knees. When we got to the very top of the canyon we took so many pictures. Everyone was so focused on taking so called artsy pictures. The top of the canyon had a gorgeous view. We were up there for a lot of time. It was great! Everyone loved it. It was a little scary being that high in the sky. The canyon was approximately 100 feet. After we explored a lot of the top of the canyon we went to look for petroglyph. A petroglyph is a stone carving. We saw amazing original glyphs in a few of the walls. They showed a myriad of different symbols and meanings. We walked all around the sides of the canyon as well. That was where we saw the symbols.

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Day 2: Friday, March 4th

Today we were all officially introduced to the culture of the Red Willow people, who are the people who live in the Taos Pueblo.

We started off the day with a late breakfast, and after that we went for a drive to The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Once we got there we took a hike where we saw some big horned sheep. After seeing the sheep, we realized the time, and began to hike back to the van. When we got back we decided to give ourselves a thrill and walk across the bridge that crosses the Gorge. When we walked across it was almost as if we were floating!!!! While we were on the bridge, a huge semi truck rustled bye and shook the bridge giving us a JOLT.

After our hike we took a drive to the Taos Pueblo! We were given a tour of the village and were given some details of the history of their town. We learned about how their religion works as well as the story of how Richard Nixon gave back the Blue Lake and surrounding land that had been turned into a national forest by President Roosevelt. After the tour we were given the freedom to roam the beautiful village. We walked around with our friends determined to find Fry Bread (which there happened to be a shortage of)!!! However, we did manage to find Fry Bread in the end. We got to have conversations with the locals, and it was really amazing getting to talk to them.

After our time walking around the village, we drove to a Pueblo family’s home where we got to learn about traditional Pueblo bread and cookie making, as well as hatchet throwing!!! After the Hatchet throwing and cookie making we joined together and ate home cooked chili, potato salad, bread, and of course the cookies we had made. But, the day wasn’t over just yet.

Once we got to the lodge we got the privilege of watching Pueblo drummers. It was a pleasure to listen to Native American singing and taking part in a dance. All in all it was an exciting day.

Parker, Josie & Orlando

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Day 1: Thursday, March 3rd

The first day of field academy we woke up at 1:30 am to get on a bus to the airport. Once we got to the airport we were all given forty dollars to buy breakfast and lunch at the airports. We all ended up buying candy and Starbucks. After two hours of shopping we boarded the plane. On the first plane we were all surprisingly awake and energetic. It was only an hour flight but the second plane was a 4 hour flight. The second plane was so fun. Ally Diego and I (Lilah) slept for two hours, sleeping in strange positions throughout the flight. I woke up a little before Diego and Ally so I ordered water. The flight attendant brought my water and I tried to put the tray down but Ally and Diego were sleeping on my lap so I moved my knee up, causing the water to spill on Ally’s head and all over my pants. The rest of the flight I was very uncomfortable for me but music helped. We had a silent dance party because we weren’t allowed to sing. Deigo rocked the Drake songs while I crushed the Rihanna songs.

Once we got off the airplane we met Floyd our guide. We all got into white vans with about 12 damn Daniel jokes. We drove to the Santa Fe Plaza. The boys went and got pizza, which they raved about. We got to stretch our legs after the long morning, and then got back into the vans.

In my van we had an interesting experience. Cameron, Aiden, Orlando, Ben, Hayden and Josie were passengers. Ms. Biscardi drove and Mr. Mulhern was in the passenger seat. We were driving on the highway between the mountains. Suddenly this car was driving too fast and drove into the wrong lane towards us. Luckily Ms. Biscardi steered away to the other side of the road just in time.

After a while we stopped to see the Rio Grande canyon and take photos. Dinner came around and we went to a Mexican restaurant called Guadalajara grill. Everyone was running up to me (Diego) asking how to order in Spanish. The food was amazing and the people were very nice. In the girls’ lodge we ended the night with a dance party. So far this trip was so fun and we can’t wait for the rest!

Lilah, Taylor & Diego

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