J: We got up to the hawk watch platform and pulled out our binoculars. There was a lady there who knew a lot about the hawks and she helped us find and identify some. I also knew that the lady we met last year must be there somewhere. She was! I was happy to see her again.
J: Well, we saw a lady from this year and a lady from last year. So…if you’re talking about a different lady from last year, I don’t think so, but the lady that taught us about thermals last year was there. We talked to her. Don’t you remember? She told us about the tree that has leaves like sandpaper.
J: They were burning sage and they used the smoke to give us each a blessing. It was like incense. Then the Native Americans did some singing. Then they did some dancing. They were blessing the hawks’ migration and also sending our prayers up to be carried to Heaven with the hawks. It took almost forever for the ceremony to end.
W: After the ceremony we went to hold snakes. There was a Mexican Milk snake, a Rat snake and a Western Garter snake. They were fantastic. I love holding snakes. There was a lady there who said she was gardening and she stuck her hand in the garden and suddenly heard a rattle. It was a rattlesnake! She told us never to stick our hands into a place where we can’t see what we’re touching because there could be snakes. I think that was good advice. Okay, until next time!