After this engaging and informative discussion, we traveled to Mt. Tumamoc, where we would hike two miles to the top of the mountain to oversee the beautiful city that served as our home for the last week. Before embarking on our hike, we stopped and briefly reflected at The Luminous Mother, which was a site of offering to ensure our safety on our adventure upwards. We all lit a candle while sitting in silence and taking in our surroundings. We then commenced our treacherous hike at a nearly 90 degree angle until we reached the top (several asthma attacks later...joking!). The view from the mountain peak was breath-taking, and served as the perfect space to contemplate the week's happenings and bring closure to our experience. To finalize our time together, we each placed a hand on a pot and offered a name of someone we met on our trip that we wanted to carry with us after our departure. On the count of three, we simultaneously thrust the pot onto the rock beneath us and each gathered a broken piece in remembrance. Our hike downhill proved much easier, and was a peaceful ending to our time in Tucson, Arizona.
|Our lit candles to ensure our safe journey.|
|McKinley next to The Luminous Mother.|
|Snack break/party with Jenny and Michele on Mt. Tumamoc.|
|Autumn and Maggie (us) smile for the camera.|