First off, I am writing this from my cell phone. Please excuse any error in my post from "fat-fingering"!!!
I am currently in the great metropolis of Blanding, Utah.
This happened to me on Monday...
Some of you may have seen my posts on traveling on the Indian Reservations. I decided that I would have to lock up
My weapons while there to avoid issues. On Monday, I left Farmington. NM and headed towards Monument Valley (Navajo Nation) with my 11 yo son.
Upon getting to Kayenta, we stopped at the McDonalds. Got our stuff, and headed out to the truck.
Walking through the lot, I saw a Indian man and woman also walking perpendicular to us, but well back ( 20-25 feet) from truck. I made eye contact with the woman briefly. Just enough to know she had been seen. Casual glance.
Did not see a threat from them.
Ok. Get to the truck, unlock door with remote, son gets in passenger back seat closes door.
I open my door, and get one foot And my butt on seat. Turn to grab door handle, and there is the Indian woman.
Blocking me in my truck with her hand on my door!!!!
She proceeds to ask me for money. I told her "no". She was polite about my rejection, and said OK and left without issue.
Situation essentially averted.
But, how she closed that space in less than 25 seconds and as quietly as she did was shocking!!!
I am HIGHLY situTionally aware. And I did not see this one coming.
My husband says that it sounds like this pair were professionals. They executex this so fast and so slick.
But, here I am... Female, traveling with a boy, on Navajo lands...and involuntarily unarmed.
Ain't that some sh*t?!?!?!
Nothing like having the deck stacked against you
But the story does not end there.
Not 2 minutes later, while getting over that shock, and putting seat.belts on, etc...
Another Indian man walks right up to my drivers side window ( closed) and tries to sell me DVDs
"So I can get some gas."!!!!
I waved him off, and got the hell out of there.
So.. To summarize, The first three people I talked to on the Reservation are a McDs employee ( no explanation needed there...) and two beggars!!!!
What could I have done??? I am not normally a knife carrier, but I am rethinking that.
Luckily this ended well. But I was really shocked by this. I even apologized to my son for not doing my "job" Of protecting us correctly. ( I dont mean drawing my weapon, I mean being aware of a possible threat.)
I dont want to get into the whole Indian Nation/culture/pride/welfare state etc. debate. That is not what this is about.
But, what options/choices did I have???
It seems as if the Indians know we "whites" can't touch them. I have been hit up no less than 5 times these past days.
Kinda like criminals know that a gunbuster sign means easy targets.
So, how should I protect myself???
(note: I did draw the line when we camped outside of Momument Valley last night.
Darned tootin' I had the LC9 in our tent.)
Thanks for being patient and reading this. I will check in and read responses as I can.
Phone service is almost reduced to tin cans and string in the areas we are At!
Out of Indian lands now. Headed to Canyonlands and Arches National Parks tomorrow.