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photoblog image Rona at Home

Rona at Home

 

Rona, who is 85 years young, lives alone in the little community of

Marble Canyon.  Just a handful of homes that lie north of the Colorado

River, east of the Grand Canyon, at the southern base of the Vermillion

Cliffs and the Paria Wilderness.  Isolated and quiet, they have a gas

station / market / restaurant... but the nearest "town" is Page at Lake

Powell - about a 60 minute drive.  Rona moved here from New York City

where she worked in advertising.  Over 30 years ago, she came out

west to go on a river trip through the Grand Canyon...and knew this is

where she belonged.  Rona was kind enough, this day to squeeze in a

visit with us before heading to the South Rim where she'd attend a meeting

of Grand Canyon guides.  She was excited about it and said "Oh, I hope

there are some river people at the meeting.... they're my favorite kind!"

 

 Next week I'll start a little series of images from a hike we took

to the Cliffs from Rona's house.  The place is nothing short

of spectacular, and one of our favorite areas.  We spent our

honeymoon just down the road, and this was our fourth stay in all.

 

Rona has a variety of fruit trees.... Here is one of her apples...

 

photoblog image Anniversary Trip 2016 55 b.jpg

Rona at Home

 

Rona, who is 85 years young, lives alone in the little community of

Marble Canyon.  Just a handful of homes that lie north of the Colorado

River, east of the Grand Canyon, at the southern base of the Vermillion

Cliffs and the Paria Wilderness.  Isolated and quiet, they have a gas

station / market / restaurant... but the nearest "town" is Page at Lake

Powell - about a 60 minute drive.  Rona moved here from New York City

where she worked in advertising.  Over 30 years ago, she came out

west to go on a river trip through the Grand Canyon...and knew this is

where she belonged.  Rona was kind enough, this day to squeeze in a

visit with us before heading to the South Rim where she'd attend a meeting

of Grand Canyon guides.  She was excited about it and said "Oh, I hope

there are some river people at the meeting.... they're my favorite kind!"

 

 Next week I'll start a little series of images from a hike we took

to the Cliffs from Rona's house.  The place is nothing short

of spectacular, and one of our favorite areas.  We spent our

honeymoon just down the road, and this was our fourth stay in all.

 

Rona has a variety of fruit trees.... Here is one of her apples...

 

photoblog image Anniversary Trip 2016 55 b.jpg

comments (18)

Awesome story... Good for her!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Jacquelyn! She is quite a character!
Ah, Rhona, what a nice lady she was, a great character. A nice portrait, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: She really is wonderful, isn't she! Thanks, Frank!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Dec 2016, 05:01
A big change to move here, and I am guessing she has never regretted it for a minute.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Brave lady! There was not a note of regret in her voice!
She's become androgynously one with Mother Nature, then, Elizabeth. I never would have guessed her to be 85!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes she has, Ginnie! She's full of life!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 23 Dec 2016, 06:51
The life obviously suits Rona, and she looks so young for her age
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'd say so, Lisl - she's a very happy, fit woman!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 23 Dec 2016, 06:53
Sounds quiet a character. Such a different way of life than in NYC. The apples look delicious, much better than when they are waxed. I'll get my hiking boots ready.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed she is! She certainly is happy in her life!
She said she'd been disappointed in her crop this year, lack of moisture meant they were a bit mealy. But they're quite pretty aren't they! We also came home with Pomegranates!
Away we go... smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Dec 2016, 07:17
85 Years - I cannot believe it. She is a real tough character who found the destination of her life. You apple image is wonderful!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: She's brave and wonderful, isn't she!
Thank you, Philine!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Dec 2016, 07:34
She really has bags of spirit hasn't she, still alive and thriving from the look of her.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That's one way to put it!! She's amazing!
She clearly has no intention of thinking old
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: You're right! She would never utter the words... "I can't..." or "I'm too old for..."
She looks fantastic Elizabeth, good for her.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: She's pretty incredible, Chad!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Dec 2016, 08:30
Guiding at 85! Some like to sit back and gripe about stuff in general, but this is refreshing, like her fruit, I bet.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: She's really something, Louis - I just love her! No slowing down...
  • Martine
  • France
  • 23 Dec 2016, 10:04
Magnifique portrait de cette jolie dame.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Martine! Isn't she wonderful!
I look forward to the hike. Could we bring an apple?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: YAY! Absolutely!
Seems quite an amazing lady for her age, I look forward to following your walk.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: She's just incredible, Brian! I can only hope to emulate her!
I hope I won't disappoint! smile
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Dec 2016, 16:42
I hope I am doing as well at 85!! Fantastic.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Meeeee tooooo!!!!
A fine Lady Ellie.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed she is, Michael! I can only hope to emulate her!
She is a great lady Elizabeth... bless her heart...
i know someone who spent a few winters living alone off of the grid in Howard Mesa... she is also a great lady....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: She is really something!
Awe - you are so kind, Peter! I look back on those years, sometimes, and wonder how I did it... but you just do what you have to do, don't ya? We've gotten a foot of snow so far this Christmas Eve & Frank asked what I would've done out on the Mesa. Well - I'd have socked in with a good pile of wood. Going out to shovel a path to the garage, then climb up on the roof to scrape the ice and snow off the solar panels. Keeping a drip going in the kitchen so my pipes wouldn't freeze... Fun times! smile
Quite a character...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh she's something, alright! smile

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