Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 20, 2012

Long Canyon, near Moab

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 6:53 am
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Monsoon clouds over Long Canyon, 5 pm

En route to a few hours of rock climbing near Moab, Ranger Bobby agreed to take us down a 4WD road the back way. The views in Long Canyon were stunning, and reminded me why off-the-beaten-path is nearly always my first choice. Robert Frost’s poem welled up from cob-webby memory. Today, try a new route to work or home, okay?

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost



  1. If eve anyone wondered, “Why poetry? Why not prose?, this is the answer.

    Comment by leroque — July 20, 2012 @ 9:42 am | Reply

  2. Did you admire the “stacks” of climbs in Long Canyon on your way by? http://mountainproject.com/v/maverick-buttress/105716985
    Interesting to consider the proposal to flood Long Canyon for power generation!

    Comment by midsummerman — July 20, 2012 @ 9:56 am | Reply

    • Yes, the cool climbs were pointed out to us by one ‘in the know.’ Thanks for reminding me that any good canyon might be at risk — in my pollyanna-ish outlook, that could NEVER happen, but… it could. What a loss that would be!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — July 24, 2012 @ 6:14 am | Reply

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