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Peter writes, “At Hovenweep, Sharon went to the ladies room, and I went to change into my hiking boots. As I was tying them on, a sudden gust of wind blew a strip of newspaper against the back of my heels. It happened so quickly that it startled me. When I picked it up, I could feel a small stick inside the folded strip of paper. I peeled open the tape at one end and discovered a hand painted arrow with a flaked stone point. It was a tourist item but very nicely done. I looked over my shoulder but I already knew that the small parking lot was empty. In Dine' lore, an arrow is a symbol of protection. Sharon was amused when I showed it to her. It isn’t the first time I’ve been presented an unexpected gift during a visit to the Four Corners area. All I can say is ‘thanks!’”

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