Monday, August 27, 2012

Last Hurrah Before School

An evening on Kaw Lake.  It was too rough on the open lake,
but this small cove was just right for an outing with two small girls.
Before the granddaughters headed back to school, we took them on a four-day camping trip at Lake Kaw. I’ve paddled the upper third of the lake, and have been anxious to get back and finish the rest of the lake‘s 168-mile shoreline, but this was not going to be that occasion. We did take the stripper canoe so we could get the girls on the lake for a bit. The older girl had canoed at camp this summer, and wanted to canoe some more, but it’s too early to tell if it is something she will pursue.
We also took them to the Kaw Nation museum. They mostly enjoyed the bead work on clothing, jewelry, and belts. They are girls, after all. You know a girl’s three greatest commandments---accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. Also of interest were the great tribal drums, dinosaur bones, and the head of a prehistoric crocodile. As dry as it is here now, it’s hard to imagine that Oklahoma was once the ocean bottom. Before leaving, we got them each a Kaw powwow t-shirt.

Not a prop or costume, but the real thing.  After the chief
passed, his wife presented his headdress to the museum.
Click picture to enlarge for reading.  It speaks for itself.

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