[I asked Jody Drake, a long time and close friend of Katie’s, to share her experience of spreading Katie & Joey’s ashes… what follows are the words and photos from the adventure.]
“The first week in May brought warm weather accompanied by a cool breeze to the small town of Bluff Utah. Katie always called it the perfect time of year, as I drove into the Recapture Lodge my mind was filled with joyous memories of the times I had spent there with her and Joey. I had asked Katie numerous times “what do you want me to do with your ashes?” She would reply, “I don’t give a fuck, whatever you do I am sure will be interesting.” Had a fair idea of where I wanted to put them but was not real sure of the logistics. At their life’s celebration a young Jerome Artist Jessica Laurel Reeves had constructed a wire statue of Katie so it just seemed natural it should stand as a symbol of these two incredible human beings. Backpack loaded with their ashes, a little cement, bailing wire, pliers,and oh yes a bottle of Vodka for Katie and a Cervasa for Joey. Did I mention the eight foot wire statue tied on the back of the pack….well anyway it all got carted down to the San Juan. Just as the sun sank in the west with much song, dance, love and quite a few toasts we sent them down the river.
We plan on making this an annual outing to celebrate our friends that time on the San Juan joined our hearts forever. Jody Drake, Peter McLaughlin, Peg Millet, Erin Burly Jim of the Recapture Lodge, Merlin and Deni.”
[Below is a slide show of the photos Jody provided. You may place your cursor over a photo to halt the slideshow.]