|Antonia on the beach at Neah Bay, with the inflatable slideship in the background.
It turned out that we showed up on the Makah reservation on the first of the Makah Days, which is a major festival celebrating Makah culture. The festival was really just getting off to a start, but we hung out at the street market at Neah Bay for a bit, then on the beach. Antonia found a small friend to play with, I watched the young people's canoe races, then she went for a go on the inflatable slide shaped like a cruise liner. I was feeling quite in my element, because they closed the main street along the beach to traffic and I was able to walk happily down the middle of the road with people all around me instead of traffic, just like in Europe. One interesting thing I noticed at the stand where I bought coffee is that they had posters up with photographs of a baby and a description of his parentage. The idea was to get people to vote for him to become a tribal member, but I didn't get the chance to ask if this is the usual procedure for all babies. It turned out to be quite a long day trip for us as we didn't get home till after 8.00pm, but we were all happy we made it.