Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 3, 2009

75 minutes at Park Avenue

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 5:25 pm


North Window at sunrise

North Window at sunrise

My first day in the field — in other words, interpreting the park for visitors.  I loaded into the government vehicle the following:  arch building blocks, moonsand, laminated pictures of lots of cool park stuff, folded handouts on cryptobiotic soil crust, four brochures about Rock Art in the area, a large sponge to demonstrate steps of arch formation, a sandwich board telling people to ask me about stuff, cool stickers for smart kids, my radio, extra battery, clicker to count people, and water bottle. 


Over the course of the next hour and quarter I feel as if I really made a difference — at least for 43 people.  I taught them why they should stay off the dirt, what the rock layers are that they could see, how arches form, how arches fall, which ones are the strongest, where to find Collared Lizards, where the nearest petroglyphs are, why the underlying salt has made Arches what it is, and how different it is from their homeland of (Denmark, India, or wherever).  It was a blast.  It was humbling when I realized I didn’t have all the answers, but I could at least say “I don’t know” with a smile.

Upon my return, my boss bumped into me and said, “Was it fantastic?”” to which I responded that fantastic was not a strong enough word.  “Good,” she concluded, “because I hope you can see our strategy here.  We get you to love this place so much that your other job pales in comparison, and then we have you hooked.  Want a Park Service job??”

Last night’s fortune in the fortune cookie said, “Accept the next proposition you hear.”  Hmmmmmmmmm….  !!


  1. Hah!!!! Temptation. Well, you have another summer to give it some thought. Teaching positions are near your family, but how can they compare with what you are doing now? (Dad and I have learned that family members all have their OWN busy lives, so distance is less a problem. Especially when we keep connected via e-mail.)

    Comment by Mom — July 4, 2009 @ 2:03 pm | Reply

  2. As the great guru Maharashi Ilsdkjfg.ekuf sg osdijsg lkjsdf gsdsdfj Singh once told me, A.T.F.C.S.
    (Always Take Fortune Cookies Seriously) ;-?

    Comment by D — July 4, 2009 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  3. K. Your pictures are incredible! You do need to submit them somewhere?

    Comment by Snow — July 15, 2009 @ 11:40 am | Reply

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