where the wifi is

AKA the Burger King 15 miles away.  I can’t truly express all that I am feeling right now…but so far I have spent two nights here on the Reservation, one day in school, and one day exploring the surroundings due to school cancellation.IMG_3349.PNGThe people are so incredibly warm and welcoming, from the teachers I’ve met to the dorm staff to locals waving to me from their cars.  The students are clean cut, quiet, and respectful, which is a huge change from my previous student teaching experience.  The school is beautiful with more resources than I expected, and despite the poverty and struggle so evident here, it seems that there is also a great quality of life.IMG_3377.JPGIMG_3409.jpgIMG_3408.jpgMany Farms is located near Chinle and Canyon de Chelly, both of which are already making my time here easier to navigate.  After realizing that the water at school was turned off today (and no one let me know school was cancelled), I spent the day exploring the canyon and nearby areas and soaking in my surroundings just a little bit more.  Despite the overall feeling of desolation, there is so much beauty here, from the people to the pure terracotta magic available in every direction.IMG_3407.jpg


third stop: albuquerque

IMG_3316.jpgAnd we made it to Albuquerque!  Tonight is my last night before reaching the Reservation and surprisingly the nerves are still yet to sink in.  In the morning we are heading to Many Farms where I will be living for the next four months.  I am still feeling so neutral about the whole thing – I think I’m more nervous that I’m not nervous!

I’ve been able to cross a few more states off my bucket list task of visiting all 50: Oklahoma and New Mexico.  Last night’s stop in Oklahoma City was a bit bizarre to say the least and I’m digging Albuquerque a lot more.  The dry heat seems ok – even though it’s 95 I’ve yet to sweat.  We’ll see how August in Arizona goes, but I’m taking this as a good sign!

first stop: st. louis

F5EFDCA0-EF5A-4312-B8A6-609C62C6B2A6If you are reading this, you probably know at least a little bit about me and my journey. If not, thanks for coming along! I am completing my master’s degree through Indiana University’s Navajo Nation program. For the next four months, I am going to be teaching on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. It’s going to be an incredible journey, and it’s finally beginning.

My dad and I are driving out to the Reservation together and St. Louis is the first stop on the books. Keep checking back for more information on our trip and the start of my adventure out west.