Solbit’s Ordinary Travel Day to Cow Canyon Trading Post

Dear Nicalai,

On our ordinary travel days, I just stay put in Nona’s pocket.  Not much to see or tell.  So today was going to be one of those days, ordinary.  It wasn’t.  I had to — wanted to — get out of Nona’s pocket almost as soon as we hit Bluff, Utah — population less than 300, no kidding.

We had lunch at Comb Ridge Bistro and Espresso Bar in Bluff, Utah. Nona gave it 4 out of 5 stars, and she’s a tough one to please.

Nona gave the bistro 4 out of 5 stars, and she’s a tough one to please. This restaurant has more than good food.  They also have arts and crafts.  That’s what really got me out of Nona’s pocket, although the sunshine salad might have done it too.  I had to see the little figure of a Navajo woman on a horse, carrying a papoose even smaller than I am.  Nona bought it. She likes art. Oh, do you know what a papoose is? It’s a type of bag for carrying and protecting a child.

When we asked who the artist is who made the little figure, the folks at the bistro sent us to Cow Canyon Trading Post to find out, just a short way down the road.

Cow Canyon Trading Post sits across the road from this beautiful scene. Wow!

As we parked our car, we saw this very old car in the parking lot of the Trading Post.

Papa thinks this might be a 1949 or ’50 Buick, maybe a Roadmaster. I think its a rusty old car.

The trading post looked plain on the outside, but Nona and Papa really liked the way the inside was designed, and they liked the arts and crafts that were displayed.

If we hadn’t known about the arts and crafts, I bet Papa would have driven right by this place.

Nona said that, if we didn’t travel all the time and if we had an apartment, she would have bought several pieces of art here.  The woman who runs the trading post was very nice.  Even though we didn’t buy anything, she was happy to give us the name of the artist who made the little figure.

Then, we got back in our car and drove to Monticello, Utah. That’s one of our ordinary travel days.  Not bad, huh?  Oh, the Navajo artist’s name is Elsie Benally, and she’s been making little figures to sell at the trading post for over 30 years


I’m your friend.






May 2017

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  • You may be asking yourself, “Who is Solbit?” Solbit is a fictional character, but she is a real plastic dinosaur, sent to us unsolicited in a package we ordered from Photojojo. So, she’s a plastic jurassic. Solbit is short for the four names given her by our grandchildren: Sparkle, Orangie, Lulu, Breakit. We tend to use her given names for when she’s been naughty. Thank you for visiting Tales of a Plastic Jurassic. Solbit likes company and hopes you’ll come back.
  • You can learn more about Solbit at her About page and in the earlier posts, “Solbit: How I Got My Name” and “Solbit: How I Got to Travel.”

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