Ranger Kathryn's Arches

July 15, 2017

The close of this blog… at least for now

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 2:25 pm
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It’s a big number: 158,976. My mind can’t quite reconcile that many views for this humble blog in the past nine years —  begun solely as a way for me to remember my adventures. And what a nine years it has been! I’ve pushed myself beyond limits I thought were solid. I’ve found a voice I didn’t know I had. I’ve explored wild places, hiked until I couldn’t take another step, wasn’t sure where I was a few times; I’ve rescued visitors, endured discomforts, learned to rock climb and canyoneer, encountered animals, summited mountains, warned others of danger, and gotten lost in wonder too many times to count. Oh, and I’ve fallen deeply, deeply in love — with another park ranger! — a man whose smile still quickens my pulse, who helps me explore wild parts of the West and wild parts of my psyche, and who will be by my side for life. This is so very, very good.

Oh, you’ve noticed the absence of my posts, and you’ve seen this day coming. In this moment I feel an urgency to thank you, dear readers, for following along on my journeys through the wilderness. I was able to take you with me to places secret and sacred and mundane, on mis-adventures as well as unforgettable ones, sharing the joys of discovery and exploration. As I scroll through my 616 posts, I get misty-eyed recalling the landscapes that keep their mysteries closely guarded, into which I entered. I’ve been so very privileged. But now I am needed for another critical mission.

(This is QUITE the scar.)

I’ve flown home from Utah to be with my brother Ric, who was just diagnosed with brain cancer and then had a large stroke, and to prepare my home for his arrival when he leaves the hospital. Providing loving care for him is my next adventure, and it will require all the energy and hope and compassion I can muster. Shutting down this blog will help me bring closure to what I’ve done in the past, so I can focus on what I’m to do in the future.

Thank you. Thank you for your kindness and your kudos and your ideas and your passion. Thank you for your 2,652 comments that have spurred me on, made me smile or cry, and have connected me to readers in 78 countries. It’s been a wonderful, wonderful run. You know nothing EVER disappears from the web, so the archives will be around if you want to do research for your next vacation out west. I can’t resist assembling one final slide show of this year’s delights, so watch for that soon. I’ll always be grateful that our paths crossed in “Ranger Kathryn’s Arches.” I send my love to each reader. Adieu!

Brother Ric looks a lot better here. He’s the one on the left.



  1. Oh, I’m so sorry that your blog is closing down. Family comes first though, and you are preparing for your next adventure. I stumbled upon your blog a couple of years ago, and I’ve loved it. The thing that resonates with me is your love of places like Canyonlands and Arches. Love!

    Comment by Linda Napior — July 15, 2017 @ 3:30 pm | Reply

  2. I was (am) deeply touched by your blog. I Sadness, love and pride – that’s for sure.
    Love, Mom

    Comment by Mom — July 15, 2017 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

  3. Love to you and your family.

    Comment by cindy knoke — July 15, 2017 @ 7:51 pm | Reply

  4. So much love to you and your family Ranger!

    Comment by Mariana — July 15, 2017 @ 8:56 pm | Reply

  5. What a blessing for your brother that he has you. And of course you are doing the only thing there is to do. Good luck to you both, or better to you all , since this involves so many more family members. Love you.

    Comment by Bruni Mason — July 15, 2017 @ 9:18 pm | Reply

  6. I have so enjoyed your blog and am so thankful that you have shared this very amazing part of your life. My prayers are with you and your brother as you make this journey together. He is so Blessed to have you in his life! Love, Ann

    Comment by Ann Rabie — July 15, 2017 @ 10:11 pm | Reply

  7. I think your brother will quickly recover because he is well surrounded and close to his family.
    Your blog made me dream, and will continue to do so. Thanks for everything, maybe see you soon! Be Happy and loves every moment.
    Love from France ! 🙂

    Comment by Isa — July 16, 2017 @ 2:19 am | Reply

  8. Wow. I have been missing your posts of the wild places that I love and can escape to through your blog. Thanks for the treat and for doing that for me. So sorry about your brother. I will pray for his recovery and your strength to meet his needs for now. Take care. – Norm

    Comment by Moxieemmy — July 16, 2017 @ 3:15 am | Reply

  9. Kathryn! God bless you and your family. I pray you and your brother will share many happy memories and make many more. God gave you a beautiful smile and many gifts, I’m sure you have seen Him work in your life and will continue to help you in your new adventures. Glorify Him in all you do, you’ve had the privilege of seeing so much of His mighty creation and shared it with us. For that I am most grateful. Love you,for you, always, Tricia.

    Comment by Tricia Jackson — July 16, 2017 @ 3:48 am | Reply

  10. Dear friend. I will miss adventuring vicariously with you. It has brought me great joy to see a life dream fulfilled. How blessed you are to have found love and lived out loud your passion for the Lord and his magnificent creation. And now on to the next calling, serving your brother. I know you will bring God’s glory to your new assignment as well. Hugs and prayers and strength and blessings to you.

    Comment by Amy Riley — July 16, 2017 @ 3:59 am | Reply

  11. Hi Kathryn,very sorry to hear that this is the reason you stop your blog (for now…) and I hope you can help your brother, and that he’ll recover soon, although it might be a long(er) way.
    Thanks for all your blogs and private correspondence (e.g. when I wanted to know the name of a plant).
    Take care, all the best with you, your family and especially your bother !
    PS, the Mesa Arch picture on top of this blog-entry: We were there last year, very early in the morning, amazing how the sun changes the colors of the arch and surroundings in just a couple of minutes ! Great place, Canyonlands !

    Comment by Klaas Wijchman — July 16, 2017 @ 4:59 am | Reply

  12. Dearest Kathryn, it has been so wonderful to read of your life, adventures, and discoveries. As you provide a refuge and healing place for Ric, know that prayers surround you both, Kathryn…and happy birthday a wee bit early.

    Comment by Kate Kresse — July 16, 2017 @ 1:25 pm | Reply

  13. I will certainly miss you but you’re doing a good thing. I pray all goes well with this new adventure

    Comment by Ana Perry — July 18, 2017 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

  14. Praying for you in your next chapter. May compassion, beauty, strength and grace flow. Much love.

    Comment by Lynn K — July 19, 2017 @ 10:21 am | Reply

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