Ranger Kathryn's Arches

May 20, 2010

Solitude’s gifts

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 1:08 pm
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Dawn at Onion Creek, Campsite 4 -- "The Rectory" & "The Priest"

Well. I got the first 207 pages of The Brothers Karamazov (small print, 776 pages!) read yesterday — definitely the most daily reading I’ve accomplished in years. Too bad my reading room was so stuffy, small, and squalid. (See photo above.)

Found a creative use for rocks. Colestocks do this often.

A brilliant idea came to me at 4:45 a.m. as I was visualizing what my brothers would do to “improve” this campsite. While I don’t have tarps, hammock, folding table, etc., to make it elegant, I do have a rather limitless number of rocks at my disposal. Because so much sand blew into my tent on Windy Day #1, I have done what any good Colestock would do: collected a large number of them and began building a small wall around the base of my tent. I am pretty sure that over the next two predicted windy days, my wall will protect my tent from assault by the invading grains. If it is successful, who knows what my next project may be? (Hint: the Roman aqueducts have always fascinated, and Onion Creek runs just the other side of the road…)

They taste just as good as they look!

And then I ate a few edible yucca blossoms, which are deliciously salad-like and fresh.

And suddenly it was time to build a fire and watch the bats and stars come out.

And I’m getting paid to do this.   [* contented sigh *]


  1. K – please keep filling us in. Your writing is so descriptive I feel like I am there with you. Oh excuse me while I go take a shower to wash the sand away.

    Comment by janekoch — May 20, 2010 @ 2:10 pm | Reply

    • Envious, envious! Shower! Or… just give me something COLD to drink… mmm-m-m-m….

      Comment by kath56ryn — May 21, 2010 @ 5:28 pm | Reply

  2. Besides some fresh Yucca Blossoms, what else have you got to eat, or did our brothers teach you to hunt as well? Otherwise, you will waste away to nothing and then Kathryn Ranger would be no more..and we need our Kathryn Ranger!

    Comment by Chris — May 20, 2010 @ 4:19 pm | Reply

  3. we should have had yucca salad with our morel glop!!!

    Comment by john — May 21, 2010 @ 8:27 am | Reply

  4. I know what else your brothers would do if they had this kind of time on their hands and more rocks at their disposal! They would make a small table and a chair for you to rest on and table to eat at…you should try and be a little bit more creative…good job so far sis!

    Comment by chris — May 21, 2010 @ 3:58 pm | Reply

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