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