Ranger Kathryn's Arches

May 21, 2010

In which I secure my next job prior to completing the current one

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 5:56 pm
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I’m doing so well at this campsite-holding gig, the movie company has offered me a subsequent one — for even more money per day. So, today the entire “2nd unit” descended on our sites and got their orders from the Stunt Coordinator. They were going to hike up the dry wash to scope out the location of the horses-running-up-the-canyon scene. They were bemoaning the fact that the horses need water, and there is no immediate water; the horses will poop, and it needs to be scooped; the BLM prohibits the driving of ATVs up the washes, and how will they water the poor thirsty horses? Long hoses? 5-gallon jugs?

I guess I will help them! I’m now hired on for five days of horses/mules/water/scooping. I don’t ask questions, I just do what I’m told. Twelve-hour days plus breakfast and lunch and unlimited snacks. Probably five days. I’ll have to find another place to live, however; my campsite will be precious real estate.

Right place, right time…

Oh, yeah, the wranglers found fresh bear tracks in the sand yesterday in that wash! I need to go make photographs.

I wonder what it’s like to haul water and poop all day every day for a week??!!?!?!?

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7 Comments »

  1. Resume for the job: I don’t know about the water, but for the other part, many years of changing diapers makes one immune to reacting to the properties of poop.

    Comment by Mom — May 21, 2010 @ 9:26 pm | Reply

  2. Kathryn if you don’t like the smell, wear nose plugs, that used to help me a lot..:) Congratulaions, I think. God does take care of you girl!

    Comment by chris — May 21, 2010 @ 10:26 pm | Reply

  3. “I wonder what it’s like to haul water and poop all day every day for a week??!!?!?!?”

    Remember, Kathryn, this will be a piece of cake for you…you spent an entire semester with the freshmen class. You can do anything. 🙂

    Comment by Julie — May 22, 2010 @ 6:45 am | Reply

    • That freshman class!! Who would have guessed that they were preparing me for Real Life?!?! Thanks for the laugh, Julie…

      Comment by kath56ryn — May 22, 2010 @ 4:55 pm | Reply

  4. and now the name “cryptocrap” takes on a whole new meaning…….

    Comment by john — May 22, 2010 @ 7:20 am | Reply

  5. Did you think this gig through before you accepted? I’d guess a 5 gal pail of fresh horse balls weights about as much as a 5 gal pail of water (41.75 lbs.) And you still have to move your rocks from your tent. Be careful. Don’t hurt yourself. Keep hydrated.

    Comment by Mom — May 22, 2010 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

    • This is the movies, Mom. They probably have a Pooper Scoopers’ Union, for all I know. And they take as good care of their scoopers as they do their horses. Don’t worry! I flexed my puny bicep and showed them that I am not STRONG but I have a lot of heart, and they liked that even better. I’ll do fine. Hydration and rest are the answer to everything. Have pitchfork, will toss poop into wheelbarrow!

      Comment by kath56ryn — May 22, 2010 @ 4:59 pm | Reply


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