Ranger Kathryn's Arches

September 28, 2012

Impressions from ancient days

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 2:36 pm
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Eight toes in one picture.

Antiquity is a tantalizing thing; Jurassic antiquity is one of the more alluring, especially if you’re standing on a spot where dinosaurs once patrolled the land.

High in the La Sal Mountains, above 8200 feet, lies a trackway of these old creatures. Past a jerry-rigged stick-and-wire gate keeping cows out, the path meanders through oak scrubland to an open area of flat rock. The instant I set foot upon it, my brain shouted YOU HAVE SEEN ROCK LIKE THIS BEFORE AND IT CONTAINED DINO TRACKS. And, sure enough, a minute more brought me to the impressions.

They were large. VERY large. Bearing water from recent rains, the tracks crossed each other, great beast-feet striding in various directions. Putting my shoe next to one of them, I couldn’t help but speculate about its height… two or three Kathryns tall? What color was its skin? Did it make a snuffling noise as it walked? How did it hold its tail? Did others scatter ahead of it? Were there bigger ones than these? Were babies unutterably cute? What plants surrounded the Jurassic travelers in this locale? What kind of dinosaurs made the prints???

My hand span is 8 inches, pinky to thumb.

Not having any answers for my set of curious questions, I pressed my nose against the trunk of a stately Ponderosa pine, inhaled its unmistakable vanilla scent, and recalled how much I love the West. Every new day of this wondrous life brims with things to explore and discover; I am blessed, so very blessed.

 

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3 Comments »

  1. Shhhh! Listen! Did you hear that? What was that sound . . . ?

    Comment by leroque — September 29, 2012 @ 3:16 am | Reply

    • In Natural Bridges National Monument I found a petroglyph that was CLEARLY a long-necked dinosaur with a pair of wings. A dragon! The art was about 800-1000 years old. Did the ancestral Puebloans encounter such a beast, to draw it??? If so, where was the last…one…seen…

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — September 29, 2012 @ 7:11 am | Reply

  2. Still loving your posts. Thank you.

    Comment by Deb — September 29, 2012 @ 12:50 pm | Reply


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