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.

15 Comments »

  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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