|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.