Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 24, 2016

Groceries: far, far away

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 5:51 pm





Grocery store is just around the corner, I think…

The cooler with ice packs is loaded into the vehicle, along with every shopping bag we own. We remember to grab the all-important List. Others’ requests are dutifully collected as well, because anyone’s pantry may be thin before the calendar says it’s time to go to town — especially in stormy weather when the road may become impassable.

Our first grocery bill was $299. The second one was $427. Add 18 gallons of gas to get us to and from the grocery store; it can be expensive living in the middle of nowhere.

Rice and beans can be stockpiled and don’t go bad. We keep staples on hand and don’t mind eating the same things over and over. A bruised avocado and Jell-O Jigglers are tasty for breakfast! Pistachios and salsa for lunch! Spam and grapefruit* for supper! One gets creative, in a pinch.

[*Note  to Hormel Corporation: I may have inadvertently discovered your next flavor for Spam. Yummm!]


  1. I forward your blob to my family; they want to know what your dwelling looks like.
    Gary (recovering ranger) Russell, husband of Deb, the real ranger in the family.

    Comment by Gary Russell — April 25, 2016 @ 9:19 am | Reply

    • It looks like a typical 1970s four-plex apartment building. I’ll try to add a photo in a future post, so thanks for passing that along.

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — April 25, 2016 @ 2:58 pm | Reply

  2. Good to see traces of your Austin background in the Spam choices! I remember from touring the plant that Spam was popular with the armed forces because of its durability. Do you have good water or do you have to bring that in, also?

    Comment by Chris Youngman — April 25, 2016 @ 9:51 am | Reply

    • If by “good” you mean safe to drink, yes, city water is trucked in from Moab. (Half-composed blog post talks about it, which you will see.) It does, however, leave a coating of scale on our tea kettle ~ but considering our alternatives, that’s not bad. And, yes, my Spam can has a “best by” date three years out — but I am CERTAIN it could last much longer. (:

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — April 25, 2016 @ 3:02 pm | Reply

  3. Nice post, and a good reminder that things most Americans take for granted aren’t always there for folks in some parks.

    Comment by Jim Burnett — May 7, 2016 @ 8:37 am | Reply

    • When visitors drive by the sign that says “No gas, food, lodging, or water” — and then ask for some or all of those things — I remind myself that they are too busy looking at the stunning views to read the signs. Still, such signs are vitally important. You are quite right about the expectations we bring with us when we visit parks. All parks are not created equal!

      Comment by Kathryn Colestock-Burke — May 7, 2016 @ 6:01 pm | Reply

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: