Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 20, 2016

Outside for 103 hours

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 7:47 am
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Hands are chapped, face is dry, fingernails dirty and chipped. Haven’t donned clean clothes  for five days — too cold, and I’m wearing every layer I own — and my poor hair hasn’t seen a brush. I’m not exactly presentable.

But I am very, very happy.

I am out in untamed places where I see few others, where all sound except the wind (and an occasional wren) is conspicuously absent, where clouds are studied for important clues, where my body is toughened by exposure to elements, where a frozen water bottle means I’m exploring new comfort zones, where adventures await around every sandstone outcrop.

This week, here in Utah, I’ve stumbled upon ancient slab-lined hearths that cooked Indian Ricegrass when the pyramids at Giza were still young-ish. I’ve sat with pictographs likely painted while King David ruled in Jerusalem. I’ve hiked miles down washes that have echoed with the steps of people for many, many millennia.

And I am very, very happy.

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[Thank you for your understanding and patience concerning photos. It is far too data-intensive to get them on my blog unless I’m near WiFi, which is infrequent. I will make up for it by posting a photo album when I am in town.]

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11 Comments »

  1. So happy you are sharing this with us.

    Comment by Colleen — April 20, 2016 @ 9:23 am | Reply

    • I’m invigorated ~ and passionate about this place ~ and I can hardly help sharing. But without readers it wouldn’t be quite as fun! Thanks for tagging along!

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — April 20, 2016 @ 11:05 am | Reply

  2. You are one tough lady. So glad you are able to do that which enriches your soul!

    Comment by Keith — April 20, 2016 @ 10:47 am | Reply

  3. Bliss

    Comment by Deb — April 20, 2016 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  4. Sounds like a challenge, but a rewarding one.

    Comment by moru13 — April 20, 2016 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

    • I may have downplayed the challenging bits in this abbreviated post, as I’d rather emphasize the delights. “Discomfort is the price of admission to the theater of the wilderness,” Tom Brown Jr said. He is right!

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — April 20, 2016 @ 1:16 pm | Reply

  5. You are a hardy soil! Love following your adventures. Looking forward to the photos when you get close to wifi again.

    Comment by ritaneedle2 ( Rita W) — April 20, 2016 @ 1:07 pm | Reply

  6. Having planned & carried out my Utah camping/exploring adventure in Sept. ’14,
    BLM @ Granstaff/Negro Bill , (my base for
    5 days) a 1st for this 70 times around the Sun
    nature lover, I can only begin to imagine the
    unending ‘wonder’,your life’s journey brings
    you…’envious’ in CA.

    Comment by James Schreiner — April 20, 2016 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  7. Life at the edges is never boring. Happy edging.

    On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 8:47 AM, Ranger Kathryns Arches wrote:

    > Kathryn Colestock-Burke posted: “Hands are chapped, face is dry, > fingernails dirty and chipped. Haven’t donned clean clothes for five days > — too cold, and I’m wearing every layer I own — and my poor hair hasn’t > seen a brush. I’m not exactly presentable. But I am very, very happy. I ” >

    Comment by leroque — April 21, 2016 @ 5:35 am | Reply


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