Ranger Kathryn's Arches

February 19, 2010

Moab or Bust… and I’ll probably bust

Filed under: 1 — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 3:40 am

Only a few days remain before my Minnesota address becomes a Utah address once again. I am headed back to a place that captured my heart as I worked there last year; its magic is as soft as unicorn dreams but as strong as titanium alloy. Moab, Utah — jumping-off point for both Arches and Canyonlands National Parks — is the place I’ll call home for a significant portion of 2010. The biggest hurdle, however, is my To Do list that has far more on it than the remaining four days allow. Brain synapses seem overfull, stuffed as if with a shoehorn — people to contact, taxes to file, last-minute shopping, deciding what items must come with me and what may be safely left behind, and ultimately a home to prepare for seasonal renters while I’m absent. Sleep is elusive and interrupted. It is difficult to complete tasks without distraction. Every cell of my body quivers with anticipation. Moab, land of flaming red rocks! Moab, gathering place of aged hippies! Moab, mecca for rock climbers! Moab, gateway to scenic vistas and all manner of outdoor adventures! You welcome me with open arms! I merely need to extricate myself from all that has a hold on me here, and begin the 1300 mile approach. Off, tentacles! Come forth, minimalist tendencies!


  1. take deep breaths…… assume the mantra postition…… become one with, well, anything!!!!

    Comment by john — February 23, 2010 @ 2:59 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Kathryn, I fell in love with the Canyon Country after my first visit 24 years ago and couldn’t stop going back! Reading through your Blog was like reconnecting with an old friend. I love hearing your descriptions of this wonder part of the country and look forward to reading much more. Have another wonderful experience this year.

    Comment by Jerrie Rohren — February 24, 2010 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Jerrie! It is exciting for me to think that my connection with the red rocks and the high desert can be shared with others such as you. I hope you will find 2010’s episodes (???) entertaining; most of all, though, I want you to feel as if you are there. Or as if you need to go back! Thanks for reading!

      Comment by kath56ryn — February 24, 2010 @ 8:45 pm | Reply

  3. Exit all.

    Comment by LeRoque — February 25, 2010 @ 10:20 am | Reply

  4. I live in Rochester (saw the article in the PB) and can appreciate driving 1300 miles to this fabulous place – getting more and more excited the closer I got. I’ve been to so many of the places you have written about. If you haven’t already been there I’d highly recommend a trip(s) to Grand Gulch – it’s my favorite place of all. Have a wonderful adventure.

    Comment by Jerrie — February 25, 2010 @ 10:34 am | Reply

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  6. thats an amazing picture. did you take it? i’m guessing not. hahah

    Comment by alena — January 12, 2011 @ 3:44 pm | Reply

    • Not the one of Landscape Arch in the right — that one is just the “header” for my blog theme. But five thousand others, yes! I love photographing the wilderness!

      Comment by kath56ryn — January 12, 2011 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

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