Ranger Kathryn's Arches

December 31, 2011

Resolutions? 2012 could use some.

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I'm jumping for joy at whatever lies ahead in 2012.

I’ve decided not to repeat my 2011 resolution, having learned from it what I was supposed to. For 2012, the diet-and-exercise route is far too quotidian; I’ve already planned for my transition to a plant-based diet and always-improving cardiovascular health. I won’t waste a resolution on such tweaks. Instead, in my new year, my minimalist resolutions are to:

Love fearlessly.

Banish fretting.

Go into the wilderness at every opportunity.

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Leave a comment: What are your resolutions?

April 5, 2011

Heart check

I was walking up Winter Camp Wash with another volunteer to look for old and new raptor nests. This is a drainage system below the most famous arch of all, and I had never seen Delicate Arch from this angle before. Camera ever ready, I tried to get all artsy-fartsy and blur the arch while focusing on the foreground plants, but I didn’t quite have the know-how to compose it properly. Still, it was fun.

This was one of those mornings when I pinched myself. “I get to do what? Hike into remote corners of this park and look for birds? Be immersed in nature? Perform data collection that will improve wildlife policies? Hear the peregrine falcon’s cry? Peer through good binoculars? Feel the sun and breezes on my face as I am surrounded by gorgeous red rocks? Watch Great Blue Herons in love?”

Springtime: my favorite season. Its cyclical representation of new beginnings brings hope and joy. When I see Red-tailed Hawks courting, or Great Blue Herons choosing their rookery spot together, a small twinge of wistfulness creeps in as I recall what it was like to share life with someone who adored me and would bring me my heart’s equivalent of the perfect twig for my nest. It’s healthy that I acknowledge the tiniest molecule of melancholy before I count the fathomless blessings of my very happy life.

You know, if love is not on the scene, I’ll take the second-best thing: dark chocolate.

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