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Team: North
Robert Carlo
Thursday, September 19
Sunset and Coyote Song
Thursday September 19, 2002

Sunset and Coyote Song -

Last night we were treated to a really beautiful sunset complete with rainbows and a nearly full moon to the south. All cameras were going and there were magnificent photos to be taken in every direction.
This morning I woke up outside listening to the coyotes on the Seedskadee Refuge. Frost covered my sleeping bag, though I slept warm nonetheless.
Carol Damberg presented a slide show last night about the Refuge. Seedskadee is home to over 185 species, including the nearly endangered Trumpeter Swan. The Department of the Interior created refuges nearly 100 years ago, Seedskadee being established in 1965. I find that refuges are an important way to protect wildlife, plant species and the environment and a great way to preserve our natural environment for future generations to come.
This morning brought us to the OCI Trona Mine. Trona is a major component in baking soda, glass, toothpaste, and laundry detergent. We were actually taken down over 850ft. into the mine, where we traveled by truck a couple of miles to watch mining production. I found it very interesting. These miners, both men and women, work 12 hour shifts and don’t see daylight the entire time! I couldn’t wait to get out of there - I need sunlight! I give those miners a lot of credit and earned appreciation for what they do for a living. We each had to carry emergency respirators with us; wear hard hats with lights affixed, protective eyeshields and good footwear with hard toe covers as well. Once we were down in the mining sight, we were equipped with earplugs and dust masks as well.
I guess you could say I have a newfound appreciation for detergent, and baking soda AND the dangerous and hard work it takes to mine for sodium bicarbonate.
This is just another resource that is mined on land managed by the BLM, our lands, Public Lands!

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Team: North
Robert Carlo
Wednesday, September 18
From the Oregon Trail
Wednesday September 18, 2002

From the Oregon Trail -

Today was our 3rd day on the Green River. The day started out overcast but turned out to be mostly sunny and not too bad.
We’ve seen numerous Bald Eagles and its great to see the symbol of America and all that is free flying at will up and down the Green River.
Carol Damberg from the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge has been with us the last two days and has been a wealth of information for us. Carol explained why the Common Merganser couldn’t fly because he was molting - which means he was in the process of replacing old feathers with new and the new ones had not yet fully developed. There were many pelicans out as well. Along the way we saw an old homesteader’s cabin, probably built around 1914. I can only imagine living here back then.
After about 9 miles of paddling we were done.
Mike Brown from BLM took us on a history tour of the Oregon Trail. We stopped at a point where the trail crossed the Green River and there was a ferry reproduced to demonstrate how early settlers crossed there. Thousands of pioneers crossed the river at this point. On the trail itself, ruts from wagon wheels are still visible today. Mike explained how there are hundreds of nails around the trail from the old wagon trains losing them along this bumpy section of the trail.
Its great to see how US Fish and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management have worked together to preserve this sight and place interpretive signs for everyone’s education and enjoyment.
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Team: North
Robert Carlo
Monday, September 16
Back to the Journey
Monday September 16, 2002

Return to the Journey -

Today we started our canoe trip down the Green River -

It has been very difficult for me to journal lately; so much has been on my mind. September 11th brought me mentally and physically back to NYC for the one year anniversary of the murder of nearly 3000 people at the World Trade Center. I’m proud to honor those who have given their lives for our country. It’s just not easy to think of it and to re-live the horrors. During the last 6 weeks, I got away from 9-11 and now its back.

I have found peace and renewal on this journey. To see the lands we own and to know that they are here is comforting to the soul and the spirit. I have always been at peace with myself when traveling in the back county where everyday stress in non-existent.
Its great to be trekking again; the way our loved ones would want it. Explore, Dream, Discover!

So our journey has brought us to the Green River in Wyoming. Chris Pipkin of Grand Junction, CO is guiding us on this 6.5 mile portion of the journey, which was relaxing, and easier than I expected!
Later we were joined by John Henderson and Mike Brown of BLM, who took us on a driving tour of BLM land, which included oil and gas fields. Now I see where those gas lines back in NY originate from. Actually, these wells supply the west coast, not NY.
We’ve seen wildlife among the well areas too. We saw plenty of Pronghorn Antelope, which are truly called Pronghorn Deer and distant cousin to true Antelope. One actually raced our Honda 4x4 Pilot and then cut across our path - inches from the front of our vehicle! What an exciting end to the day’s activities.
Biographical Info
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Team: North
Robert Carlo
me and GLACIER  on a break
38-year-old Rob Carlo, was born and raised in Queens, one of the five boroughs...
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Tuesday, September 3
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Welcome to Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming
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Monday, September 2
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Labor Day
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Sunday, September 1
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SPRING CREEK TO BLAIR LAKE
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Sunday, September 1
Robert Carlo
Campfire Friendships
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Saturday, August 31
Robert Carlo
Backpacking Without the Backpacks.
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Friday, August 30
Robert Carlo
Idaho
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Thursday, August 29
Robert Carlo
Halfway with Charlie Brown, Penny, Banjo, Foxy, Shiloh and Ben
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Tuesday, August 27
Robert Carlo
Birthday
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Sunday, August 25
Robert Carlo
I want my ATV!
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Saturday, August 24
Robert Carlo
Rattlesnake! Bees!
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Friday, August 23
Robert Carlo
First To Travel on New Continental Divide Trail
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Monday, August 19
Robert Carlo
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Sunday, August 18
Robert Carlo
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Saturday, August 17
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Thursday, August 15
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Wednesday, August 14
Robert Carlo
No Time To Sleep
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Tuesday, August 13
Robert Carlo
Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
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Sunday, August 11
Robert Carlo
11 Months...
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Friday, August 9
Robert Carlo
Let's go fishin'
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Sunday, August 4
Robert Carlo
Be careful what you ask for
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Friday, August 2
Robert Carlo
Ptarmigan Trail
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Friday, August 2
Robert Carlo
A real dinner at last!
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Wednesday, July 31
Robert Carlo
Kickoff events in Washington, DC
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Monday, July 22
Robert Carlo
My First Journal Entry
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