Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 23, 2011

Having completed 100 days

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 7:04 pm
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Me on Day #100. No product in hair.

My mid-March Utah welcome consisted of snow, ice, meltwater, white-blanketed La Sal Mountains, and a mid-weight winter coat. Today, the first full day of summer, I spent eight hours in the field with temps in the upper 90s. Went through three liters of drinking water, a tablespoon of SPF 50 and about fifteen squirts of herbal bug spray to repel gnats. What a difference 100 days makes.

One hundred days of experiencing wilderness, encountering raptors up close, surviving sandstorms, learning new skill sets, pondering Mormon culture, losing and then finding my way, letting my hair grow into curly ringlets, working through roommate stuff, contra dancing until my head spins, facing unforeseen health issues, wondering about my future employment, going backpacking for the first time, keeping my wits about me, achingly missing my children, laughing in the face of gale force winds, wondering about love, embracing a diet of plant-based foods, and admiring the fine group of co-workers with whom I share this park.

I’ll come home a different person.

Leave a comment: What life experiences have changed you deeply?




  1. Yea, verily, and so you shall.
    Say, what is it with these Burke women and their hair styles. Last night I met the Perfect Pixie – a former (and still) grand daughter of mine whose new cut was as genuinely ‘her’ as could possibly have been imagined – and I told her so several times. You, too, seem to be reflecting the new You with your adornment. Well done!

    Comment by leroque — June 24, 2011 @ 5:18 am | Reply

  2. Can’t wait to see you! The coffee pot is always on for you!

    Comment by kathy lewis — June 24, 2011 @ 12:12 pm | Reply

  3. Cute hair!

    Comment by kathy lewis — June 24, 2011 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  4. Love your hair. Beautiful as always! Many life experiences have changed me. Meeting you when we were just girls, and then years later having you as my guest in South Bend for a number of days was a faith and life deepening experience. Having a daily prayer partner for those days holds a special place in my heart.

    Comment by Kate Kresse — July 12, 2011 @ 7:31 pm | Reply

  5. Well, for me it’s another one of life’s paradoxes, but death has a way of altering and enriching the ongoing life experience. My sister. Mom. A close friend, John. And this week another friend, Chris, was told he has 1-2 months. Each a reminder of how precious life is. The “top 3” life changers for me, in order of appearance: losing my sister, losing my marriage, losing Mom. In order of impact on me: it’s a dead heat.

    PS — Anyone ever tell you that your father — “leroque” is your father, right? — has a strong resemblance to John Steinbeck??

    Comment by Ron Carroll — April 16, 2012 @ 12:57 am | Reply

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