After breakfast, she took me back to her house, and I loaded up my backpack for the day. Luckily, Jeana and Shane were going to come pick up BeadMW and drop it off at Melinda's house (my next host two days from now). It was a 16 mile day, and I had some strange hot spots on my feet and I am pretty sure are heat rashes from the day before so every time I walk, it feels like pins and needles. I was planning on walking into Airway Heights somewhere, and getting picked up by whoever I would be staying with. I was waiting see if a few leads where going to come through or not, and in the end, I got in contact with Zach and Lisa from the Hutterite colony north of Reardan who said they would be happy to come pick me up this afternoon.
While walking to Airway Heights, I started to see more and more pines, and no more sage brush. It smelled so good being in the pines, it reminds me of the mountains back home in Tucson. The traffic has also really started to pick up again, which I didn't miss at all...
When I got into Airway Heights, I stopped at Tres Fiestas for lunch and meet the owner, Ramon. He was so sweet! He spoke broken English and told me I could have anything I wanted. I said the Limonade sounded good, so he made up a fresh batch and blended it so it was frozen, and put it in a large margarita glass for me. I ate chicken carnitas that were so good! I was so full by the time I left, it was great. I walked for a few more hours, and Lisa and Barbie came and picked me up around 5 right on the outskirts of town.
We headed back to the colony and Lisa pointed out all farm land, said that it was all part of the colony. She told me how they are almost completely self sufficient and grow all their own food, and raise all their own beef, poultry, and pork. They also make their own clothes, and build all their own houses and churches.
After dinner Lisa showed me around and explained to me what they do when it's harvest time in the fall, and showed me all the equipment and building they store everything in. Her colony grows seeding potatoes for the area and they also grow hay. They raise chickens, ducks, and geese as well. Later we went to the house were I would be staying that night, and we sat outside and I told everyone all my crazy stories from the trip so far. Before I knew it, it went from, 5 or 6 people, to 15-20 people. I guess I was the source of entertainment for the night since they don't watch TV. Which was fine with me, I love telling my stories.
Everyone there was so nice to me. I really didn't know what expect, I had never really heard about Hutterites before, I just knew they were similar to the Amish and Mennonites. I had a great time, and I would love to go back and stay awhile.