Ranger Kathryn's Arches

March 20, 2013

As seen through Mesa Arch

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Snow-capped La Sal Mountains and Washer Woman Arch; Canyonlands NP.

“In every man’s heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.”

— Christopher Morley

I was alive for decades before I began to understand and name my own personal sources of refreshment and refueling. With joy I report: life has taken me to a place where I daily experience them in feast-ish proportions. When I am roving the trails on ranger duty, standing on the edge of canyons a couple thousand feet deep, staring at ragged mountains jutting two a a half miles above sea level, breathing in great lungfuls of silence, that ‘secret nerve’ is fully activated. At times it seems that my heart can barely survive the reverberations.

What stirs YOUR secret nerve? What fills you, satisfies you, nourishes your soul? I’d like to know.

March 2, 2010

Who am I? Why am I here?

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My name plate hanging at the Interpretation doorway

Instructed to make name plates for ourselves, and given a plethora of interesting raw materials to use, each of us seasonal people came up with something completely different. Each one clearly represented its maker, and personalities were evident from the get-go. As I compared mine with my coworkers’ final products, I shook my head. Mine was about as global/random/abstract as one could get. It shows my love of words, all of which revolve around the theme of discovery and exploration and adventure. It speaks to me of my Wild Woman inner self. It displays the great joy I feel at being here and being part of the national park system. It reveals my awe at my journey and at my surroundings. It admits to my being able to color outside the lines, not being confined by the area of the original plate given to me. It is sparkly and whimsical. It is me.

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