Letters, I’m Back


Dear Bloggy pals,

I’m bah yak!  If you have been thinking, gheesh, Kathy B. you sure dropped off the face of the land.  Well, I kind of did!  Fireman and I took a trip to Zion National Park. It was one of our best vacations ever.  I’ll be blah blah ing about it all week most likely.   You know I get goofy about people knowing we are gone, so that’s why the silence.

(Quick blog pal notes: Teresa and Dayle you remain in my prayers for a full recovery!   So many of us love you Teresa!    Betsy, your comments were not posting because the phone and I have little fits when I try to get on my blog when I’m away.   I’m so sorry it was aggravating to you.   Stef, where, excuse me, where are my kittens ?  I read and respond to about 20+ of you every day and I can’t wait to catch up. )

I brought my baby /toddler hat to knit and we were so busy it isn’t even finished yet. But soon.  Maybe tonight.   I took it along for the car portions, but if you know Zion you know they have a shuttle system better than DISNEY’s and you don’t need to drive at all when you go there.   Hiking the trails left us happy tired and too tired to knit at night !  I know….I know..   DSC_0254.jpg

The park is fantastic. It was unseasonably cool and rain on one Day.  This meant waterfalls came out of no where .  This meant the desert was in bloom!  This meant very little sweating!  We brought winter coats, hats and gloves and rain gear and we just changed often.   Honestly, I prefer that to hiking in the 70s and 80s or above, (which it is often in the summer as it is the desert).

We started our trip meeting one of  my best friend  in Zion.  She asked me to be with her when she put her mother’s ashes in the Virgin River.   Her mom died this January.  I was so honored.  I brought red tulip petals from Wisconsin (her mom lived in Wisconsin) to float down the river with her.  We have some very beautiful photos.  We cried, we talked to her mom and to mine.  My friend wants to be scattered in the same spot as well.  I told her I hope that is many good decades away.  We were taught by the nuns in high school when we met.  Prayer comes easy to us as Catholic women that we are now.  She is also, an actress, and does the one woman show: Late Night Catechism.  She is above all else, funny.  It was a wonderful start to the trip. We parted ways the next morning, and took all of her Zion trip advice!

Dear Zion Park Rangers,

You are amazing.  I sincerely hope you have an easier time this weekend than last year with all the hikers who hiked Angels Landing. Some of them were rude, passed others in treacherous spots, and ran out of water due to the lines.  You have a big plan this weekend and I hope it goes well.  Going before the weekend was great. We had plenty of time to talk to you and get all our questions answered.  Thank you Park Ranger Gretchen, for saying you have never made it all the way to Angel’s landing and you don’t want to.    Fireman and I did part of the hike to the wiggles but no further.  Our plan was not to push it and  not to do the very narrow last part of the hike .  One person has already fell to their death  hiking that portion of the trail.

Dear creator of the bumbleperry pie holes,

I shall miss these morsels of deliciousness.  Picture  a mini pie in a two bite ball with glaze.    Oh my.  You were so good! .

Dear regular life,

I love you and I’m happy to be home.  Thank you to my father for fostering a deep love of the outdoors.  (even though you were a hunter) .  I am never quite as happy as in our National Parks and State parks. They are  peaceful oasis’s and living here in flatsville, makes all of the peaks and ranges all the more spectacular.


More soon.




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18 thoughts on “Letters, I’m Back

  1. So glad you are home safe and sound from a wonderful trip. My dad was a hunter too although he never shot anything. He just went out with nature with his rifle. He also was a fly fisherman, he did catch fish and we ate them cooked over a campfire. I love the outdoors and I give him all the credit. You were missed.


  2. My husband and I have been talking about a week vacation to the countryside, but haven’t worked out yet this year. I look forward to your blah blah ing for this next few days 👍💫


  3. Welcome Home! Zion is a park I have not seen except through the lens of those who pictures, like yours, I enjoyed seeing. I am so glad you had a great trip. Now you need to head to Oregon and enjoy, mountains, ocean, sand dunes, high desert, Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, and your PNW blogging friends 😀😃🙂😮🤗😘


  4. It was so sweet of you to meet your friend for the spreading of the ashes.
    I have never been to Utah, and I am dying to go to these national parks. I think I have to wait until I’m retired so we can avoid the heat of summer! I’m glad to hear about the great bus system at Zion.
    Welcome home!


  5. Sounds like you had a very uplifting and joyous vacation. My dad instilled the love of Nature in me as well; being in the beautiful outdoors and spectacular landscapes can do wonders to hit a reset button.


  6. What a trip. I can’t even imagine the emotions. That’s why Mom and Daddio are still in the closet. I’m not ready to go through those feelings of loss again. Too soon.


  7. So glad you had such a wonderful trip! Sounds like many sights to see and things to experience! Also nice that you got to be with your friend to spread her mom’s ashes.


  8. Welcome home Kathy. I’m glad you had a good time at Zion. What a wonderful and honoring thing to do with your friend. The effort you made to take the tulip petals shows just how much she means to you.
    We have had several friends hike to Angels Landing and it looks just plain terrifying to me. There is no way in the world you would ever get me to do that hike.
    But Zion itself is absolutely stunning. I’m glad you got to experience it.
    Wishing you a wonderful memorial day my friend.
    Blessings, Betsy


  9. Welcome home! Thank you for your prayers for dear Dayle, you are very kind and I love you too! I have never been to Zion, it looks amazing and how nice that you got to meet up with your friend and be with her to sprinkle her mom’s ashes. I bet it was good to see your kitties. ((hugs)), Teresa 🙂


  10. Glad you had a good vacation. Isn’t that the great thing about retirement? You don’t have to wait for the weekend or your two weeks off to go do the things you want to do.


  11. It’s been a very long time since we were at Zion, but it still looks beautiful. How nice for you to be there when the desert was in bloom! We helped a good friend spread some of her DH’s ashes recently, and you’re right it is an honor to be there. Now, Miss Kathy, you and Troy need to come to the PNW and see Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens. We’d love that!


  12. What cool hiking you must have done and what a lovely tribue to your friend’s mum. May I ask, did she have to get special permission to release her mom’s ashes there?


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