Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 25, 2009

Godhead, bird life, whatever

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 6:58 pm

Interesting trivia tidbits abound concerning the named formations in Arches.  For most of the 20th century, this formation directly above my apartment was called “The Trinity.”  At some point it got renamed “The Three Penguins.”  Was it the NPS’s commitment to our pluralistic society?  Was it the need to choose a more colorful name?  I have no idea.  I enjoy seeing it/them every day way up on the hill.

The Trinitarian Penguins?

The Trinitarian Penguins?


  1. They are lovely, and I’d enjoy seeing them daily, too. Your cool spring has turned into the usual hot summer, huh? Only 96 – 97 here on our mountain today, but 100 forecast each of the next two days. We aren’t going anywhere!!!!! Got groceries on our way home Wednesday, and will sit tight.

    Comment by Mom — June 25, 2009 @ 9:31 pm | Reply

  2. I don’t know what God looks like, so can’t really vouch for “The Trinity” name. And anyway, which figure would be which of the Trinity? Hmm. If it’s 3 penguins, it’s from the back, and only one has been kind enough to twist its head to the side to greet us. But it’s definitely a penguin’s beak….

    Comment by Becky Colestock — June 26, 2009 @ 5:07 am | Reply

  3. I bet people kept saying, “Hey it’s a penguin!” and they thought, “Gee, it sure seems like everyone notices that they’re penguins instead of three towers, so let’s rename it so the name is more fitting.” The End.

    Comment by Marta — July 9, 2009 @ 10:35 am | Reply

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