January 13, 2020, Peach Springs, AZ-
As I contemplated the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year, over Christmas-New Year’s Break, two things became evident: 1. I wanted as many work days as I could arrange and 2. It would no longer be advisable to turn down work that required a 7 a.m. start.
There are two semesters remaining, before I find my way in the retirement arena. This one has no outstanding interruptions. The next one won’t start for me, until September, as August will still find me on the road.
So, it was quite a welcome message that came, towards the end of Break, that the little school here, in this Seat of the Hualapai Indian Community, some 120 miles west northwest of Prescott, needed a substitute- for an unspecified, but fairly lengthy, period of time.
The deal is, 7 a.m. is the start time. 5 p.m. is the end time, but kids leave at 3. So, all the grading and planning can, conceivably be accomplished during work hours-at least it worth a shot. The work week is Monday-Thursday, which explains the long day. Thursdays, substitutes get to leave at 3, so some of my Prescott business can still be done on Thursday, before 6.
Okay, that’s enough stream of consciousness. My focus, on any day that I am here, will be on the well-being and advancement of people who will be the Guardians of the western reach of the Grand Canyon. The Hualapai Nation has made some strides, in that regard, including the Sky Walk, from which one can gaze down into the Canyon’s west rim and a road to the Colorado River, on which Hualapai guides bring people to the bottom, without hiking or riding mules. Although I prefer hiking, the opening of the Canyon, to those unable to walk far, is a plus.
Thus has 2020 already brought a change of scene.