by Joshua Hardy
Well I forgot my leather chaps and now I feel out of place . At least that’s how the ride out to Pine Ridge felt for a period of time. Due to the Sturgis celebration the road was a little crowded at times, but we were able to navigate the swarms of bikers and made it to the reservation with our lives and innocence still in tact. The 9 hour trip was as beautiful as ever and the weather could not have been better for the first day of our trip.
Getting to spend time with new volunteers and seeing their reactions when we first drove into the reservation was priceless. The openness and freshness of the reservation definitely had an impact. Some of the volunteers spoke about how the sights and smells reminded them of their childhood. After pulling into Kyle and eating dinner we decided to take a walk up to the Oglala Lakota College campus to take a look at the school and get a good look at the reservation from the top of the hill. We spent the evening getting to know each other and ran into Caroline, one of the steering team members, who was at the Lakota Prairie Ranch. See, once you visit Pine Ridge you can’t avoid a second or third trip. After a short meeting and some organizing we are ready for 30 plus physical exams with the Head Start students tomorrow. Hopefully they’re ready to deal with us 🙂