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Team: South
Bob Hammond
Sunday, September 15
THE DAY OFF or “VACATION?”

I can remember when I was a boy my folks would pack up my brother and I and head off for a “vacation” normally on public lands somewhere in the west. Often I heard my Mother say, “When is it my vacation?” I never could figure out just what she meant until today. I have the job of leading the Southern Team and making sure everything goes as planned, all the vehicles and equipment get to the right spots, everyone is fed, the trekkers have the maps and GPS information they need and a thousand other details, including paying the bills and doing the reports to our sponsoring organizations. This sort of makes me a combination of Mom, Dad, a priest and a Marine Gunny. Yesterday and today we have had a slack period because we managed to do what was originally scheduled as a 3 day back packing trip in one day, so we have a couple of extra days to relax and recuperate. The trekkers are off enjoying the extra time and some are just relaxing, others running, or fishing, or hiking the lovely canyons in the area, but my job continues! This morning I captured one of the Honda CRVs and drove up to Hells Backbone for a little 90 minute escape from all the issues of the team. The drive was great, the view, well what can I say, it was “routinely spectacular”, but most of all for a few short minutes I was on vacation and relaxing. I was not answering questions, working on maps, looking for car keys or doing any other task. I was just enjoying the journey. As I drove that really neat dirt road it finally hit me, my Mom never got a chance to rest and enjoy, she was always cooking, cleaning, taking care of kids and all the other things she had to do at home. But now she had to do it in the middle of nowhere without the conveniences she was used too, and we called it a vacation! In many ways it is a real shame that it took this experience to make me realize what she did for me and the value of the folks that make it work for all of us.

So I want to dedicate the joy, excitement, and liberation I felt this morning to all the Mothers, Fathers, other caregivers or group leaders that work to allow the rest of the group to enjoy their vacation or journeys and to let them know that we recognize what they do and its value. This trek is all about the interaction between public lands and the people that live close or derive a livelihood from them or recreate and enjoy the lands. We need to recognize the unsung heroes that make that possible; the supporting group that helps each of us live the lives we choose.

There is a special joy and reward to being able to help accomplish this journey. Some days it is hard to remain focused on the mission due to all sorts of irritants which, in the long run, are trivial, but which I fear degrade the quality of the experience for trekkers and support personnel as well. On a very personal note, I know it is not possible to fully enjoy this experience with so many unnecessary detractors. So maybe this is why Mom never seemed to have as much fun on vacation as my Dad, Brother or I did. We will never fully appreciate or enjoy public lands unless we all come to terms with the interpersonal issues that can enhance or detract from the experience!
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Team: South
Bob Hammond
Bob puts in a late night working out the maps for Team South

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Sunday, September 15
Bob Hammond
THE DAY OFF or “VACATION?”
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Bob Hammond
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Bob Hammond
The First 21 Days
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