Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 25, 2013

When the familiar is in the rear-view mirror

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 7:11 pm
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Arrowleaf Balsamroot in full bloom sets off the Grand Teton range in mid-June.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

So goes the quote attributed to Augustine of Hippo. Whether he really said those words or not, I’ve been unable to verify, but I resonate with the thought behind them and find that I become restless if intervals without travel occur in my life. Preferably travel with plenty of unknowns: where you’ll end up, what the weather or road conditions may be, whether campsites will be available, what wildlife might be encountered. The rugged, ragged edges of such adventures are what thrill me.

Hot springs galore are to be found in the Norris Geyser Basin area of Yellowstone National Park.

Geothermal features galore are to be found in the Norris Geyser Basin area of Yellowstone National Park.

As Chris and I studied the Lonely Planet guide for the Canadian Rockies, and dreamed of heading to that beautiful country, we couldn’t have known that it would snow on us in Yellowstone National Park in late June and rain on us every day for a week north of the border. That hardly anybody sells block ice in the area we visited. That my credit card number would be stolen at a petrol station in Kootenay. That campfires (as American a tradition as apple pie) cost $8.80 each in Canada. Or that a persistent toothache would muck up the last days of our trip.

We also couldn’t have predicted that we’d travel during peak wildflower bloom and maximum waterfall volume, hike our way to the top of a couple of mountains, and have at least seventeen wonderful experiences for every not-quite-wonderful one. We’d also learn to say “eh?” and pronounce the word “about” differently after spending nine days among the friendly, helpful, delightful people of Canada.

You? Grab a travel magazine at the library. Type in a new destination on Google. Maybe it’s time to read another page of the world.


  1. Great composition on the G.T. shot! Nicely. Nicely.

    Comment by leroque — July 26, 2013 @ 7:56 am | Reply

  2. Well said!

    Comment by westerner54 — July 26, 2013 @ 8:28 am | Reply

  3. Wonderful sentiments. I often wonder if there will come a day when I feel I’ve seen enough. I just can’t imagine it.

    Comment by Pam Leonard — July 27, 2013 @ 4:14 pm | Reply

  4. I adored the Canadian Rockies when I went with my dad in 2010. The people were friendly and the scenery drop dead gorgeous.

    Did you receive your DVD?

    Comment by Roxie — July 30, 2013 @ 5:10 pm | Reply

    • Roxie, I’m headed back to Canyonlands in one week and I’m sure it is waiting for me there! I’ll try to let you know! K

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — July 31, 2013 @ 5:40 am | Reply

    • Roxie! Got the DVD! I thank you for taking the time to record and digitize and mail it to me. It’s truly a gift. Grateful I am!

      Comment by Kathryn Burke — August 21, 2013 @ 2:31 pm | Reply

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