Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 1, 2016

Season the eighth

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 11:22 am
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Beginning today, I am going deeper into the wilderness than I have been before. The Maze District of Canyonlands National Park beckons — one of the most remote locations in the West.

The challenge of isolation will take getting used to; it is hours of 4WD to anywhere, including grocery store, post office, and health care. The internet is grimace-worthy and cell service spotty on good days. We will be OUT THERE, figuratively and literally.

This adventure drips with newness and beauty, two things that stir excitement in my soul. I will not be able to blog often (see previous paragraph) but I will use my occasional returns to civilization to post glimpses of the harsh desert wilds that have captured my heart.

Let the season begin!



  1. Wow, Kathryn.  You have our complete attention. Vern

    Comment by Vern Lewis — April 1, 2016 @ 11:35 am | Reply

  2. Just heard the news from Dave & Gee. Sounds pretty awesome. Look forward to reading more of your blog.

    Comment by midsummerman — April 1, 2016 @ 11:37 am | Reply

  3. How I envy you. I watch and wait eagerly for your writings. I’d give my eye teeth to be even thirty years younger (I’m 71) and be able to experience the beauty and tranquility that you experience as your normal environment. I volunteered at the Grand Canyon for a couple of years in the early 1990 and enjoyed that very much, especially the types to Monument Valley. But the Canyon has become very commercial (at least the south rim area) and has been loosing fast much of its tranquility. I hope at some point you (or someone on your behalf) will publish your writings in book form. You area a very accomplished word-smith. Be safe and enjoy.R/Lee

    Comment by S. Lee Borgen — April 1, 2016 @ 12:06 pm | Reply

    • Thank you for your kind words. I suspect your volunteer adventures have left their fine mark on you; while your age may prevent you from doing what you used to do, I hope you can ‘get out there’ even if it’s only from your kitchen table reading blogs, seeing photos, recalling how the beauty of the natural world has changed you. I’m glad to have you along! And… you’re not the first person to suggest I publish… but as of now it is not on my To Do list. We’ll see. I might need something to do when I retire ~

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — May 8, 2016 @ 6:35 am | Reply

  4. Thanks!! Be safe out there’s

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    Comment by Kristin Hackel — April 1, 2016 @ 12:07 pm | Reply

  5. I would love to make the same journey, so I’ll be reading closely to plan my trip to Maze.

    Comment by donaldbouchard — April 1, 2016 @ 12:11 pm | Reply

    • Don’t forget to use the Canyonlands website (https://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm) to find out lots of stuff you might want to know! And feel free to call the Maze rangers at Hans Flat (435-259-2652) for details you’re lacking. They are a wealth of information and so helpful. I’m just learning to be one of them, so I’m only semi-helpful, but I can get answers I don’t have. Happy to help if I can.

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — May 7, 2016 @ 6:07 pm | Reply

  6. You always have fun & interesting insights. I’m looking forward to what you have to say. Take us there, Kathryn! Becky W

    Comment by Becky Whithaus — April 1, 2016 @ 1:47 pm | Reply

  7. Looking forward to see how this adventure unfolds…

    Comment by Chris Youngman — April 1, 2016 @ 6:44 pm | Reply

  8. Have a wonderful season! Can’t wait to see what you share.

    Comment by Ranger Kaiti May — April 2, 2016 @ 2:41 pm | Reply

  9. Dear Kathryn,

    as in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014, my wife and I decided to again visit the beautiful USA. We already booked a 5-day rafting trip on the Green River in June (in 2010, together with our daughter, we rafted the Cataract canyon) and before that rafting trip (or after, no detailed plans yet) we also want to visit several parts of Canyonlands NP, especially the Island in the Sky and the Maze Districts, so I really look forward to all your stories !!

    Comment by Klaas Wijchman — April 4, 2016 @ 10:28 am | Reply

  10. Thanks for being there, for both the visitors who venture away from the main roads and may need a helping hand, and for the resources that need a watchful eye.

    Comment by Jim Burnett — May 7, 2016 @ 8:35 am | Reply

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