Ranger Kathryn's Arches

March 13, 2013

Again, it begins

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Clouds linger in the canyons after winter's last gasp.

Clouds linger in the canyons after winter’s last gasp at Island in the Sky district..

Spring is marching forth with unbridled energy as I return to Utah to begin my fifth season as a ranger in Canyonlands National Park. Winter’s remains are draped over the land; pockets of snow cower on the north sides of blackbrush and juniper, knowing their demise is imminent. The strengthening desert sun leaves no option.

Driving up and over the high knoll which conceals the massive sandstone chasms, knowing what spectacular view lies just ahead, I inhale deeply… but nothing in all the earth prepares me for the beauty that unfolds southward.

Words from a Mary Oliver poem rise in my soul, reverberating like harmonics after a deep gong has been rung —

“When it’s over, I want to say: all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was a bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.”

Joy, joy — I am back where I belong.


  1. Wow, your first post of the New Year really brightened my day. I’m looking forward to another season of your exciting adventures. Happy to have you back on the job. Happy trails to you… 🙂

    Comment by steeptrails — March 13, 2013 @ 7:21 am | Reply

  2. Dear Kathryn,

    It’s good to have you back, or rather, good that you restarted your work- and your blog again, so that we can share in all of your adventures !

    I do hope that you and the extraordinary man you fell in love with last year, had a wonderful winter and that both of you can enjoy your work together.

    Last year, just after you posted your blog about your trip to Angel’s Landing, I wrote to you that we were going to do the same in about 4 weeks time, and we did, all three (my wife, daughter and me) of us on a beautiful day, on a beautiful walk.

    Please keep on posting your blogs, I’ve missed them !

    Klaas from Munich, Germany.

    Comment by Klaas Wichman — March 13, 2013 @ 9:12 am | Reply

    • It feels good to be back and writing again, Klaas. May your adventures never end!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — March 13, 2013 @ 9:56 am | Reply

  3. Thank you for this burst of pre-Spring, Kathryn! We are in a beautiful, sunshiny day here in my part of Minnesota, beckoning us to hope for what is about to come!

    Comment by Joann — March 13, 2013 @ 9:38 am | Reply

  4. Hooray! I have missed you and your inspiring blogs! Have a wonderful year!

    Comment by Ann Rabie — March 13, 2013 @ 9:41 am | Reply

  5. dear amazing friend..enjoy and continue to take in your daily blessings! Love Nancy

    Comment by Nancy Holmberg — March 13, 2013 @ 12:21 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Nancy! I’d invite you to come to see me, but there are no oceans here. Love you!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — March 13, 2013 @ 12:26 pm | Reply

      • just got back from Bonita Beach…got to see Annie and Geno for breakfast right before we flew home and they had just arrived!

        Comment by Nancy Holmberg — March 13, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

  6. Welcome back, Kathryn, to the ravens and redrock.

    Comment by midsummerman — March 13, 2013 @ 2:28 pm | Reply

  7. Welcome back to the place that makes your heart sing and your soul rejoice~ love you—kate

    Comment by Kate Kresse — March 13, 2013 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

  8. Welcome back. I look forward to your posts this season.

    Comment by Andrew McAllister — March 14, 2013 @ 8:37 am | Reply

    • Thanks, Andrew. I shall try not to disappoint! Come on down and visit some weekend; it’s just getting nice.

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — March 25, 2013 @ 7:34 am | Reply

  9. So nice to discover your blog…especially since we’re heading back to southern Utah for a nice long trek after a long Montana winter. Look forward to reading more.

    Comment by westerner54 — March 17, 2013 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

    • A lot of Montanans come here in the spring — to thaw out, and see another color besides white. Safe travels! Stop in at Canyonlands and find me!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — March 25, 2013 @ 7:28 am | Reply

  10. Beautiful writing. Both yours and Mary Oliver’s. Absolutely cannot wait to visit! I have never seen any of the Utah parks.

    Comment by Lorraine — March 25, 2013 @ 12:44 pm | Reply

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