Ranger Kathryn's Arches

May 26, 2011

The ‘wild’ in ‘wilderness’

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 9:53 pm
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After hiking quite a few miles Wednesday in remote Lost Spring Canyon, we three were hot and tired. Our truck was a welcome sight, with soft seats, air conditioning, and the ability to finally be off our feet. Working our way out of the wilderness on the 4WD road was our final obstacle before getting onto paved highways to home. Both of my co-workers had been on a long strenuous rescue the night before, and we were all feeling bushed. And then the magic began.

And then we came upon hundreds of these Large-Valve Dock in bloom

Just to the left of our truck a pronghorn bounded. We oohed and ahhhed at its beauty; not many large mammals get seen in Arches, so this was fun. Two minutes later we topped a rise and three (3) golden eagles flushed up from what must have been a communal feast near the road. Huge, majestic, glorious birds — we nearly fell over each other getting out of the truck fast enough to get binocs focused on them and study them for a few minutes. One eagle is great; two is “wow.” Three is awfully rare.

And then, two minutes later, the largest badger I’ve ever seen scurried for its life away from the truck as we passed. Our collective response? We hooted for joy at the plethora of wildlife. And this was after seeing Cooper’s Hawks and juvenile Red-tailed Hawks down in the canyon.

What a sweet, sweet job I have. Did I mention that I love it?


  1. It’s a good thing they aren’t paying you – or you’d have to be feeling guilty too . . . ;-?

    Comment by leroque — May 26, 2011 @ 10:00 pm | Reply

    • Doubt it!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — May 27, 2011 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  2. more pictures!!! last year you had many more pictures,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    Comment by john — May 27, 2011 @ 8:29 am | Reply

    • OK! I’ll try! Thanks for the reminder. Also, when I can get Facebook albums to link correctly, they are wonderful.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — May 27, 2011 @ 8:33 am | Reply

  3. It is nice to see the Eagles. We go down to Lake Peppin and see them every March. Just this morning my neighbor and I spotted a fox right where we live. Plus we have had wild turkeys fly down our street. The other day I spotted a White heron ( sp? ). Dale saw it right after I did. So fun to see the interesting wild life isn’t it?

    Comment by Chris — May 27, 2011 @ 8:35 pm | Reply

    • Nice sightings, Chris! Keeps us on our toes. Do you think the bird you saw was an egret? (Shaped like a Great Blue Heron, only white)

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — May 27, 2011 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

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