Ranger Kathryn's Arches

September 19, 2010

Post #300!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 9:00 am
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Late in the night, the Blogger blogs happily

Three hundred times I have sat down at my laptop to put my thoughts, feelings, and photos out there for anyone and everyone to see. Three hundred times I have had somebody, or lots of bodies, click on my blog and read along. Yesterday it was a very healthy 92 people. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to each of you who checks in from time to time.

A park ranger’s life can be a far cry from wherever you are and whatever you do, and some of you are living vicariously through my adventures. Here is my challenge to you: follow hard after your dreams and chase them down. If you have life circumstances that may prevent you from fully experiencing what you hope to do — so what!?! Create something that you can do, a baby step you can take, to move you toward your heart’s desire.

Acquire a passport. Register for a course. Organize a community event. Take a long-postponed trip. Learn a new skill. Contact an old friend. Donate unnecessary possessions. Begin writing that novel. Throw a dinner party. Go back to college. Buy a small tent. Forgive an offense. Simplify your life. Study a second or third language. Find a fresh hobby. Start a blog. Restore a damaged relationship. Run for public office. Sleep under the stars. Build a tree house. Apply for a long-shot job. Stir the pot… yes, stir the pot.

Risk-taking is part and parcel of being human. How will you step out of your comfort zone today? Find your courage; taste the deep satisfaction that accompanies your admirable choice.

Thank you for joining me on my journey.


  1. You are truly an inspiration to all who know you and love you…..keep those blogs coming and enjoy your world….

    Comment by Aunt Barb — September 19, 2010 @ 9:16 am | Reply

    • Thanks for the sweet feedback, Auntie.

      Comment by Kathryn — September 19, 2010 @ 7:14 pm | Reply

  2. Thank you Kathryn for all of your hard work. We have so enjoyed reading all of your blogs. I do enjoy the fact of going out of your comfort zone. That was inspirational! Thank you.

    Comment by chris — September 19, 2010 @ 11:04 am | Reply

    • Love you, Chris!

      Comment by Kathryn — September 19, 2010 @ 7:12 pm | Reply

      • And Kathryn I love you too!

        Comment by chris — September 19, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

  3. You have inspired me to become a completely different person. Is that going to be a problem for anyone?

    Comment by leroque — September 19, 2010 @ 7:03 pm | Reply

    • Ummmm… yes, Father. Although I WOULD let you become a sushi chef.

      Comment by Kathryn — September 19, 2010 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

      • A noble goal! I’ll give it some thought. ;-?

        Comment by leroque — September 20, 2010 @ 7:17 am

  4. No not a sushi chef..I think that he in his next life or this life should be a captain of a big cruise ship and that way he could go anywhere.. or almost anywhere..! I suppose now that I am married I can’t work on a cruise line huh? Dale would miss me too darn much. Maybe next life. :0

    Comment by chris — September 19, 2010 @ 9:41 pm | Reply

  5. You know I am proud of you…

    Comment by Kathy — September 19, 2010 @ 10:28 pm | Reply

  6. You truly are an inspiration, Kathryn, in having made major and productive steps out of the comfort zone. I imagine following “one who has been in the sun too long” relentessly through a “sun-scorched land” full of snakes, black widows, lightning, quicksand and tumbleweeds for over 10 hours a day is pushing you to your limits. You’ve done great, and I’m glad our journeys have some overlap. The “well-watered garden” awaits… or at least a cantalope.

    Comment by Bill — September 20, 2010 @ 12:34 pm | Reply

  7. You’re welcome

    Comment by Ed Oak — September 20, 2010 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

  8. What a journey!!! And you have generously shared it with us! Thank you, Kathryn…just for being YOU! I love you, and I love your blog!!!

    PS: Yes, I have attempted some new adventures lately, and you inspire me to keep on keeping on!

    Comment by kathy lewis — September 20, 2010 @ 10:13 pm | Reply

  9. What are they going to do without you there? And we get you back! Yes, it has been fun being a part of your adventures. I feel like a good show will be soon off air. You will be missed through your blogging but we will soon have you back in person- whos shoes only you can fit. Mountain adventure shoes that is! Thank you for the adventures!!

    Comment by Snow Pogones — September 21, 2010 @ 11:15 am | Reply

    • Oh, girlfriend, do I miss you…

      Comment by kath56ryn — September 21, 2010 @ 5:59 pm | Reply

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