More Playground Installations in the Navajo Nation

On Wednesday afternoon (2 Dec 2015), we headed south to the Navajo Reservation in an old white Jimmy that used to belong to my parents.  When dad died, mother contributed it to playground-installation cause.  On the way south we stopped at the Cowboy Cafe in Wellington UT.  We parked next to an impressively large truck hauler.  We were hangin’ with the big boys.

Hangin' with the Big Boys in Wellington UT; That's Us in the White Jimmy

Hangin’ with the Big Boys in Wellington UT; That’s Us in the White Jimmy

That night we stayed at the Ute Mountain Casino/Hotel south of Cortez Co ($40/night).  We parked next to a local version of a Mad Max vehicle.  The truck stop at the casino is a great place to purchase gas.

Mad Max in Cortez CO

Mad Max near Cortez CO

Thirty miles south of Cortez on a windy road that parallels McElmo Creek, we stopped at a small charter school and asked about their playground, they indicated that they have needs.  We agreed to get back in touch.

That afternoon, we installed a slide at a preschool in Montezuma Creek UT.  But before we could finish, the owner asked if my friend and artist Roe Allman could help instruct the young Navajos with art techniques.  Which he gladly did.

Roe Assisting the Preschoolers with Their Artistic Endeavors

Roe Assisting the Preschoolers with Their Artistic Endeavors

After the preschool adjourned, we finished the slide.  That night we stayed at Posada Pintada, a boutique inn located in Bluff.  During the winter, we can afford to stay there ($85/night).  The rooms are very comfortable and nice, and the breakfasts are great.

Preschoolers Testing Their New Slide

Preschoolers Testing Their New Slide

The next day, we installed a large, somewhat complicated swing/monkey-bar set at a family-run co-op development (a former Head Start facility) in the Mexican Water Chapter, located south of Bluff.  The locals turned out in force to help with installation.  The purchase of the hardware was provided by a Wasatch-Front NGO, Navajo Santa.  After the set was installed, we were fed burgers and chips.  That evening, we had dinner in Bluff with the Navajo Santa crowd.

Swing/Monkey-Bar Set Installed at a Co-op Near Bluff UT

Swing/Monkey-Bar Set Installed at a Co-op Near Bluff UT

During the co-op installation, Roe took a bad fall.  So the next day, we headed home.

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