Ranger Kathryn's Arches

August 11, 2009

Looking for a foreign word that means…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 9:59 pm

… a person who is sojourning through a land without belonging in it, or to it.

A useful word.

Two days on the highways — and only two gas fill-ups! — have landed me back in Austin, MN.  Always, always, a home-coming after an absence has an element of gladness and rootedness to it; however, that is utterly lacking this time.  An odd feeling surrounds me, as if I no longer belong here.  What is this unusual green color everywhere?  And the cloying thickness of the air?  Where are my beloved red rocks?  Why can I no longer hear the canyon wren’s mournful descending whistle?  I will allow myself the grace to walk through the next few days at my own pace, processing my re-entry slowly and thoughtfully.

It is painful to be missing Utah so intensely, but perhaps it is a Big Clue.


  1. Dear Ranger Kathryn,
    Welcome home (?)
    Perhaps there is a clue there. I seem to remember a comment on one of your entries on how the worst day at Arches was better than the best one in Austin.

    Comment by chrisyoungman — August 12, 2009 @ 10:30 am | Reply

  2. Try ‘wayfarer’ . . .
    In German, Reisender
    In French, touriste
    In Espanol, viajeero (a)or caminante

    or ‘wanderer’ . . .
    In German, Wanderin
    In French, ?
    In Espanol, ?
    In Japanese, watarimono

    Interestingly, you might think about the derivation of the title you used this summer . . . the one who ranges far and wide is a . . .


    Comment by Dad — August 13, 2009 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  3. What’s wrong with sojourner?

    Comment by Ed Oak — August 16, 2009 @ 10:27 am | Reply

    • It sounds kinda French.

      Comment by Ed Oak — August 16, 2009 @ 10:28 am | Reply

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