Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 6, 2011

“Confident and with purpose”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 7:38 pm
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The top of Double O Arch, Arches National Park

I was striding up a wash with my boss just behind me this morning, somewhere between points D3 and D4 in our first Breeding Bird Census. Tricia announced, “I have a name for today’s blog post.” This, of course, made me extremely curious and I begged to know what it should be. “Confident and with purpose,” came the reply. A smile crossed my face on this seventh day of work. I was walking like someone who had a sense of what she was about, which was a significant change from last week’s fear and trembling about losing my way and being humiliated at having to be ‘found’ by my law enforcement colleagues.

Maybe it was the two-in-one-day “You’ve got to believe in yourself” admonitions I got. Maybe it was my increasing comfort with maps, GPS, and landmarks. Maybe it was just time for me to set aside my doubts and decide that I can do this. Regardless, today was a confidence-builder.


  1. Remember that feeling it will come in handy on your SAR course.

    Comment by Ed Oak — April 7, 2011 @ 1:00 am | Reply

  2. I’m extremely glad to hear this! Go get ’em!!!

    Comment by Kelly — April 7, 2011 @ 1:07 am | Reply

  3. Yay, Kathryn!!! My warrior friend…fearless and a tad fanatical (I mean that as a compliment)!

    Comment by kathy lewis — April 7, 2011 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

    • Gosh, yes, fanatical about wilderness and national parks and beauty and experiencing life to the fullest and all that. AND I am learning to accept compliments, KL!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — April 8, 2011 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

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