Ranger Kathryn's Arches

March 20, 2010

In which I drink from a spring and suffer no ill effects

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Chaco, the dachshund, ascends the trail under human power in places

Five of us took Chaco, Jacob’s wiener dog, to Hunter Canyon (BLM land) to explore. Hiking with a dachshund is a hoot, requiring plenty of assists and hand-offs. We got lost, of course — five rangers couldn’t follow cairns?!?!? — and then my skillful backcountry roommate pulled out her topo map and we realized how far off course we were.

Drinking from the spring at Hunter Canyon -- mm-m-m, good!

At the hike’s end was a conspicuous spring trickling from a rock wall. Ranger Victoria optimistically described having drunk from it three days earlier and not gotten sick. I’m a former nurse and know too much, but the thought tantalized me and Vic and I hoofed it over to the spring and lapped up palms of water. WOW, was it tasty… and I don’t think it was the element of risk. I think it was REALLY GOOD WATER.


  1. Try not to think of all that uranium ore (and the host of radioactive decay-products) that that aquifer must flow through . . .
    You might also check in the mirror at bedtime to see if you are glowing in the dark . . .

    Comment by leroque — March 20, 2010 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  2. What’s a little selenium, anyway? Maybe that’s the good taste…

    Comment by kath56ryn — March 20, 2010 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

  3. I remember Nader and Becky telling how they frequent street vendors…… and never get sick. I’d rather risk the spring!

    Comment by Mom — March 20, 2010 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  4. Now that is a real dachshund adventure! We have a little Dachshund called Luke and he thought he was brave to travel from Florida to Spain! Since the little village we are staying in is surrounded by mountains he is also learning to climb.

    Comment by Admin — March 21, 2010 @ 5:21 am | Reply

    • I hope Luke has as many adventures as Chaco has had. They seem to love to ‘hike’!

      Comment by kath56ryn — March 21, 2010 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  5. There’s a spring in Cascade State Park on the Deeryard ski trail that is safe to use right from the ground. Pure water filtered into glacial aquafers –
    wait, what about the logging operations in the first part of the 20th century? Hope they didn’t use too many chemicals upstream from the spring where they conducted huge logging operations. haven’t glowed in the dark yet, though.

    Comment by chrisyoungman — March 22, 2010 @ 9:55 am | Reply

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