The Great Burro Crane Mystery
The Moab Burro - disappears from Seven Mile, at
Moab, Utah. Plush Kokopelli and Coney, the Traffic
Cone set out to find the "Wild Burro of the West".

Chapter 1 -

The Great Burro Crane Mystery

Out at Seven Mile, the Moab Burro Goes Missing...

Moab, UT, December 20, 2014 Author: Jim McGillis

It was quiet at Moab Ranch; too quiet. Moabbey the Coyote could not find another living soul. After searching from room to room, he finally found Silver Girl.

"Where are Coney and Kokopelli?" he asked.

"Coney", she replied, "was mumbling something about going out to Seven Mile. He heard that the Moab Burro was missing from there. He thought that Kokopelli might help him find it."

Moabbey looked startled. "The Moab Burro has been standing on a railroad siding out by the Union Pacific Railroad Potash Branch for years. Where would it go?"

"Beats me." Silver Girl replied. "But if anyone can find the Moab Burro, it will be Plush Kokopelli, not Coney the Traffic Cone".

Meanwhile, out at Seven Mile, Coney and Kokopelli were not having any luck. They had looked everywhere at the intersection of U.S. Highway 191 North and Utah Highway 313, near the entrance to Seven Mile Canyon.

Coney looked concerned. "Last time we were out here, the Moab Burro was right over there, on that railroad siding. He had a pile of old railroad ties nearby and some sections of old bent-up rail that he had replaced. If he had not repaired the Potash Branch, the Train of Pain might have derailed and spilled nuclear waste all over the New Industrial Desert."

Kokopelli, as was his tradition, said nothing. He did, however raise an eyebrow and smile.

Coney &
 Kokopelli looking for the missing Moab Burro at Seven Mile.

Coney, not noticing Kokopelli's sly smile, jumped to the worst conclusion he could think of. "You don't suppose that the Moab Burro got contaminated by nuclear waste from the Moab Pile and ran away, do you?"

As Kokopelli remained silent, Coney went into despair. "The Moab Burro may be out there somewhere, riding on the railroad tracks of America, lost, hurt or even worse, contaminated with nuclear waste."

While considering such horrible news, Coney stumbled and then sat down by the railroad tracks. In mock sympathy, Kokopelli sat down too and then reclined against Coney. The Moab Burro was gone, but that was all that Coney knew. As the sun set at Seven Mile, Coney remained motionless, deep in thought. Then he said quietly, "This may be the Great Burro Crane Mystery."

Of course, Kokopelli knew exactly where the Moab Burro had gone, but he did not plan to help Coney solve the mystery. He thought it would be much more fun if Coney had to figure that out for himself.

To be continued... (Chapter 2, Below)

The Moab Burro Runs Wild
Contaminated with nuclear radiation by the "Train
of Pain
", the Moab Burro is running wild, cutting
down trees within the La Sal Range, near Moab.

Chapter 2 -

The Moab Burro Runs Wild

Coney and Kokopelli Plan to Retrieve the Wild Burro of the West

Moab, Utah, January 31, 2015 Author: Jim McGillis

As the sun set at Seven Mile, near Moab, Utah, Coney the Traffic Cone slowly came to his senses. The Wild Burro of the West, also known as the Moab Burro Crane, was not coming back any time soon. "We'd better hoof it back to Moab Ranch", Coney said, not noticing that he had no hooves or feet.

Plush Kokopelli was "living in the now" and felt no such remorse or regret. He simply smiled and then seemed to disappear. Shaking his head from side to side, Coney said, "There he goes again, using his fifth-dimensional superpowers to travel wherever he wants".

Refusing to believe that he had any superhero powers of his own, Coney began the seven-mile cone-walk back to their home at Moab Ranch. Two hours after dark, when Coney finally tripped through the gate at Moab Ranch, Plush Kokopelli was already there, sitting on the bunkhouse porch and playing his flute. "You are going to have to teach me how you do that", said Coney. With a twinkle in his eye, Kokopelli said nothing, and then went back to playing his flute.

Hearing Coney moaning about his long trek, Moabbey the Coyote and Silver Girl came out to see what Coney was up to this time. When he saw them, Coney started gushing information. "The Moab Burro is gone from Seven Mile. I think he may have been contaminated with nuclear waste from the old Moab Pile. He was sitting there on the railroad tracks for years and the 'Train of Pain' may have contaminated him with nuclear radiation. I think he might be out on the railroad tracks of America, sick or injured."

Moabbey growled and then said, "If I hadn't sold my Apple Power Mac G4 Cube, we could have found him in a minute. It had a 4-D chromatic-hypersphere display, like the one that the Wizard of Oz used in that old movie. My display could tune in anyone, anywhere at any time."

Super Girl frowned and then said, "So for $75, you sold one of our superhero superpowers?

Moabbey sighed and said, "It seemed like a lot of money at the time. But now, I wish I had my Mac G4 Cube back".

"There is no use moping around", said Super Girl. "We shall improvise. Do you still have that hundred-year-old Remington typewriter that you found down at the Moab Pile? It was from the office at the old Atlas Uranium Mill, so it surely got a good dose of radiation back in the day. Maybe we could rig up a screen on it and tune it to the whereabouts of the Moab Burro".

Coney looked up admiringly at Silver Girl. "You always are the smart one, aren't you?" he said.

When she said, "Why, thank you for the compliment, Coney", as he blushed a particularly vibrant orange color.

"OK, here it is," said Moabbey, attaching a  4-D chromatic-hypersphere display to the ancient typewriter. "Look, it's working already. Isn't that the Moab Burro out there on the railroad tracks? What is he doing? He looks like he is running amuck with a giant chainsaw, cutting down every tree in sight".

"This is worse than I thought", cried Coney. "If we don't stop him, he could cut down every tree for miles around. What should we do?"

With a knowing look, Silver Girl turned to Coney and said, "Isn't it about time that you became the superhero that you always wanted to be? Kokopelli used is fifth dimensional powers of travel to get from Seven Mile to Moab Ranch in an instant. You, on the other hand, trudged overland for hours to return to Moab Ranch."

"Yes", said Coney, "but no one ever said that I could transport myself like Kokopelli does, using worm holes and string theory."

"There, you just said it. You understand the theory. If you ask Kokopelli nicely, I am sure that he will help you find the Moab Burro before he destroys the entire Manti La Sal forest". Then Silver Girl turned to Kokopelli to see his reaction.

Kokopelli dropped his flute for a moment and then blushed in his brightest multi-colored blush.

Silver Girl looked at Coney and said, "There. That proves it. He is ready to go. All you have to do is ask".

Coney hesitated, shuffling from side to side on the floor. "I'm not sure I can do it", he finally said.

"All you have to do is believe", said Silver Girl, smiling at Coney.

That was enough for Coney. He stood up tall and asked Kokopelli, "Will you please help me save the forest and bring the Moab Burro back to Moab, where he belongs?"

With a twinkle in his eyes, Kokopelli put his flute to his lips, and blew some cool jazz. Before anyone could move, both Kokopelli and Coney disappeared from the room.

Turning to the old typewriter and display, Moabbey said, "Look, there they are, out on the railroad tracks looking for the Moab Burro. Now the Burro is wielding a brush-cutter and he is still going wild. Do you think they can stop the Burro before anyone gets hurt?"

To be continued... (Read Chapter 3)


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