Albuquerque, New Mexico took all of the Vagabonds by surprise, especially Shayna, who fell in love with “The Land of Enchantment.” There, Goucher Alum Lynne Marcus ’66 took the Vagabonds on a tour through Albuquerque’s old town after treating them to a tasty lunch. That evening, the Vagabonds met Tiffany Blackbull ’93 and Sarah Azizi ’98 for a tea party at Lynne’s. Tiffany graduated from Goucher with a degree in Education and now teaches at the Navajo elementary school, and Sarah, who double-majored in Theatre and English, is now an editor.
The next morning the Vagabonds spent much of the day near Tiffany’s abode in the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation. She fell in love with a wonderful Navajo man, married him, and now has two children! The three Goucher students followed Tiffany around the tour of her school, which is in need of many supplies, but she does a stupendous job nonetheless. Many sections of the Indian Reservation are in dire need of renovations—some houses do not have running water or electricity— but the people are not yet allowed to make them. The Vagabonds ended their New Mexico exploration meandering through a Navajo Flea Market, where they got to try “Kneel Down Bread.”
Arizona is a beautiful and varied state with cool green mountains and hot desert valleys. Here the Vagabonds met some great people, like Jeremy Kraut-Ordover ‘01, a History major and Political Science minor, who accompanied the Vagabonds out to dinner, as well as former Goucher President Judy Mohraz, whom we met the next morning. While Jeremy attended Goucher, she was still the president, and when she moved on, Jeremy was on the committee that chose her replacement, current president Sandy Ungar! The next morning at Judy and her husband, Bijon’s, home, Dale Howell ’00, Patricia Dalton ’58, and current student Hilary Hoffman ’10, along with her parents, joined us for breakfast and discussions on Goucher’s present state.