Last month I had an opportunity to get this quickie up at the old Wauneta Trading Post. Man, a quick Google search reveals that this place had quite the reputation as “the” spot for bootleggers on the rez to get large quantities of beer back in the day.
We had big rains in October. A night or two before I installed a 26 year old French woman was involved in a horrible accident on Highway 98. During one of the big rains a section of Highway 89 washed away in the night. In the darkness of night vehicles on the highway couldn’t see that a section of highway washed away. The car driven by the young French woman dropped into a sink hole. She had 2 other passengers in the car and they all survived. Stunned, the driver got out of the car and within seconds was hit by a vehicle coming from the other direction trying to avoid the sink hole.
I can’t get over her thinking “…Mon dieu! What just happened? We just survived that horrific accident” and wham. It doesn’t seem fair.
In order to get to the site all traffic was rerouted through Hopiland. In Kykotsmovi traffic went south to Leupp and then onto Highway 89 near Flagstaff. As much as I wanted to whine about a trip that normally takes 75 minutes taking 3 and 1/2 hours I couldn’t when I thought of the 26 year old French woman who’d been tricked by life.
A storm front bringing the first light snow of the season was coming in from the west. making for dramatic light and lots of wind. Such early season storms get people saying things like “…Yeah, we’re due for an El Nino winter. It’s been a while.”
It has been a while.