We watched the opening ceremonies and the introduction of the dancers, the Monacan Chief and the other guests of honor.
It was SO hot. I made the girls' dresses out of thin cotton fabric I got from WalMart. Most of the dancers were wearing heavy buckskin, leather and feathers - and headdresses of one sort or another. I don't know how they managed all day with the sun beating down on them. We only ended up staying for 2 hours - too hot!
Hannah was reticent at first as far as having her picture taken with the dancers, but after awhile she got used to the idea (once she was assured there were no tomahawks in sight....)
We met a friendly red-tailed hawk and her dad:
Han and Abbo had no qualms at all about sharp talons and a beak that can crush bone merely inches from their heads...
They each even rubbed her belly to see if she purred like the kitty.
Next up was a visit inside a REAL tipi!
Here they are with a couple of "squaws" - they looked so cute that another lady wanted to get their picture, too (they being the girls + these ladies)!
On the way back we stopped for a quick hike up the Appalachian Trail over near Buena Vista. I didn't know that Han had made a face until I had uploaded the pictures :)
A mountain stream dripping down from some cliffs. Cool relief for our faces and hands.
We crossed this bridge over the James River off of Route 501, and came across these folks beating the heat:
It looked SO FUN and SO WET and SO COOL! I was laughing just as hard as they were - it was hard to show restraint and not join them!
How much fun is that! Tight!
A quick stop at the Ben Salem Wayside on the other side of Buena Vista for the obligatory picnic before the last leg of the journey - then home after a fun day full of adventure!