Sunday, July 19, 2009


"Don't talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!"
-Proverbs 10:19

"Even fools are thought to be wise when they keep silent; when they keep their mouths shut, they seem intelligent."
-Proverbs 17:28

"If you keep your mouth shut, you will stay out of trouble."
-Proverbs 21:23

Another exciting day in Monticello. After a great service this morning, a great lunch with our Utah friends, and a trip to Moab, I received a phone call from Preston Willis. He told me that Daniel Washington and Chris Stiles had rolled one of the four-wheelers somewhere up in the Blue Mountains. Of course, we headed back to Monticello, driving the speed limit, to see what exactly happened.
Just so you'll know and to dispel the rumors that are already flying I am doing this post.
We just got home from the San Juan Hospital and Daniel and Chris are fine. Both are scratched up and will be sore in the morning but all is well. Preston Willis and Corinne Rogero were riding on the other four-wheeler and were not involved. Both of them are fine.
At first it was thought that Daniel had a fractured left arm, possible three broken ribs, a chipped hip, and lots of scratches. After an close examination, one CAT scan, x-rays, and blood work, Dr. Paul Reay, said that Daniel had God watching over him. Daniel has no broken arm, no broken ribs, no chipped hip, and lots of scratches, bruises, and cuts. Dr. Reay said he's seen many people come in with all the scratches, bruises, and cuts as Daniel and they usually have broken backs or legs. Daniel and Chris kept their guardian angels working overtime today and we thank God for that. You may hear reports other than this but they are stretched or rumors or embellishments of facts already given.
The four-wheeler did not do as well. After tumbling end over end down two thousand feet of mountain slope it came to rest on all four wheels and is in very bad shape. Pieces of the four-wheeler were strewn from the accident site to the final resting place. Everyone here is so thankful to God that Daniel and Chris were not on the four-wheeler during the descent.
This is Daniel's second trip to the San Juan Hospital this week. I think he's collecting pictures of all the doctors there and now has two: Dr. Curtis Black and Dr. Paul Reay. That scares me because, from what I've heard, there are four other doctors Daniel has not yet seen! If he tries to collect photos of all six doctors he's in big trouble. Seriously, we don't know about the other four doctors but both doctors Daniel had were incredible. Dr. Reay and the crew of nurses were encouraging, extremely patient, and very thorough. Daniel and Chris were blessed having Dr. Reay and his crew on call.
Donnie Brown had to go to the emergency room as well. He is dealing with an infection in his legs due probably to the high altitude and low red blood count. Except for his mental problems, Donnie is doing well, taking antibiotics, children's aspirin, and has permission to travel. We head home tomorrow.
That's about it for this episode of Monticello ER. We are hoping no more episodes of Monticello ER will be filmed on this trip. Of course, if this episode gets high ratings we may do several more.
Today the high ratings go to a very merciful and gracious Father who watched over our two guys on four wheels on one mountain path today.
To God be the glory.


  1. All this excitement makes me want to go to Utah each year more and more.. Stay safe!

  2. Thank you, God!! And please cancel Monticello ER. This episode was a little too intense.

  3. Praise GOD for hHis protection! Is your theme song "On the Road Again?"