Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 21, 2009

seen on a hauling truck in Moab

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:12 am

“To be used only for radioactive material,” it said on the side of the truck driving by me.  Great.


  1. …at least there wasn’t a felon driving it…(not to make light of your obvious point…)

    That’s clearly not the sort of truck (if ANY), we want driving in national parklands.

    Comment by Lisa — July 21, 2009 @ 3:35 pm | Reply

    • It was in town, not in the park. Its job is to move the jillion cubic feet of toxic uranium mill tailings from the monstrous pile just outside the park entrance to a site 30 miles north, in the middle of “nowhere.” This is predicted to take ten to fifty years — I’m not jesting.

      Comment by kath56ryn — July 21, 2009 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

      • Mary Ann Novotny, the ultimate second grade teacher, used to ask her class, “Where is ‘away’?” That is, when you throw something ‘away’, where, exactly, does it go?
        I have the same feeling about dumping a gajillion tons of radioactive uranium tailings in ‘the middle of nowhere’.
        Believe me, ‘nowhere’ IS ‘somewhere’ and future generations WILL not have seen the end of this everlastingly toxic debris.
        d (knows whereof he speaks in these matters)

        Comment by Dad — July 22, 2009 @ 10:48 am

  2. From Chris: Dear Ranger Kathryn – we are gradually catching up on your adventures in the desert. Amada informs us we stumbled onto a hyperlink that enables us to access this site.
    Finally got to a picture of you in your uniform and cool hat!
    Re eggs: I, too, could tolerate unfueled eggs, but the coffee is my priority in any situation!
    What a wealth of information and experiences on this blog!
    It is an experience to view the desert – Duluth has hit the 80s only a couple of days so far this summer. Looking forward to continuing to catch up.

    Comment by jim youngman — July 21, 2009 @ 7:49 pm | Reply

    • I am pleased that you have finally found the secret portal into my Arches realm! Keep reading, keep commenting!

      Comment by kath56ryn — July 21, 2009 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  3. I have had this “away” conversation of late. And many times. Happily, we are piloting a quarterly collection of all that other shaped plastic that usually is not collected curbside. (The numbers above #2, which are those with screw caps, mostly). This, however, does not compare to uranium tailings…it is but a small contribution against the tsunami of bad environmental choices that “throwing away” has given us perspective room to make.

    We must keep “away” very close in our future environmental decisions.

    Comment by Lisa — July 22, 2009 @ 3:50 pm | Reply

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