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Dana Bell
Saturday, August 10
Sentinel Mountain
I’m sitting in a meadow just west of Sentinel Mountain and I’m looking at some other peaks that mark the Continental Divide. That’s where we’re going tomorrow. We had dinner around the campfire, the horses milling nearby and the wonderful music of their bells audible over our conversation. During the ride today we saw many signs left by bears and porcupines on the trees; no bears, though, and I can’t say I’m upset about that.

Lately I’ve been thinking about the land we’ve been riding through and what it means to the people who use it. There are three wilderness areas here, the Great Bear, the Bob Marshall, and the Scapegoat, all linked together and totaling more than a million acres. I’ve been surprised at just how much recreation use we’ve seen, from rafting and canoeing to fishing, hunting, hiking, and horsepacking as we’ve been doing. Then I think about all the public lands beyond these areas, places managed by the Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, or the Forest Service--tracts of land almost unimaginably vast. With people’s desire to protect our natural resources and to use these lands for recreation, and the scope of what’s out there, it seems frustrating to me that there’s not more funding to maintain these areas. Here in the Bob Marshall we’ve seen trail crews and volunteers hard at work but from traveling through the wilderness and talking to these folks it’s become obvious that there’s so much more to do.

If we really want to protect these lands and keep these opportunities open somehow we have to figure out a way to do it. You hear so much talk lately about resource management and protection, yet lately I can’t help thinking that we should be putting more thought and effort into people management. After all, if you manage the people you’ll end up managing the resource. Maybe this means education or maybe this means encouraging voluntary stewardship, but somehow it has to be done—these areas are too important to neglect. People need a place—maybe not a national park, maybe someplace closer to home—to stretch their legs and smell the grass, and they need to find a way to take care of these places so that we’ll be able to pass them on the way they were passed on to us.
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Dana Bell
Dana and Mike by a beaver dam.
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Monday, September 23
Dana Bell
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Sunday, September 22
Dana Bell
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Saturday, September 21
Dana Bell
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Thursday, September 19
Dana Bell
Seedskadee NWR
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Wednesday, September 18
Dana Bell
KEMMERER TO SEEDSKADEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
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Monday, September 16
Dana Bell
SCALER CABIN TO WEEPING ROCK
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Sunday, September 15
Dana Bell
JACKSON TO SCALER CABIN
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Saturday, September 14
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Friday, September 13
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Thursday, September 12
Dana Bell
LITTLE GREYS RIVER TO BLIND BULL MINE TRAILHEAD
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Wednesday, September 11
Dana Bell
CLIFF CREEK TO LITTLE GREYS RIVER
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Tuesday, September 10
Dana Bell
KOA CAMPGROUND, WILSON, WY
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Monday, September 9
Dana Bell
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Sunday, September 8
Dana Bell
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Saturday, September 7
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Thursday, September 5
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Wednesday, September 4
Dana Bell
SUMMIT LAKE TO MADISON CAMPGROUND
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Tuesday, September 3
Dana Bell
BUFFALO CAMP TO SUMMIT LAKE
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Monday, September 2
Dana Bell
BLAIR LAKE TO BUFFALO CAMP
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Sunday, September 1
Dana Bell
SPRING CREEK TO BLAIR LAKE
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Saturday, August 31
Dana Bell
EAST CAMAS TO SPRING CREEK
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Friday, August 30
Dana Bell
DAY 31 - TABLE MOUNTAIN & MISTY OF KILKORE
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Thursday, August 29
Dana Bell
Shineberger to Old Beaver Campground, Dubois Ranger District, Targhee National Forest, Idaho
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Thursday, August 29
Dana Bell
LITTLE SHEEP CREEK TO SHINEBERGER
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Tuesday, August 27
Dana Bell
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Monday, August 26
Dana Bell
Camp Life and Lewis and Clark
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Sunday, August 25
Dana Bell
My Tent
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Saturday, August 24
Dana Bell
WILDLIFE DAY
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Thursday, August 22
Dana Bell
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Wednesday, August 21
Dana Bell
Day 22: Bushwhacking by Foot & Horse
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Tuesday, August 20
Dana Bell
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Monday, August 19
Dana Bell
COLD CREEK WATER & MICKEY
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Saturday, August 17
Dana Bell
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Friday, August 16
Dana Bell
FAMILY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY JON
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Monday, August 12
Dana Bell
SCAPEGOAT MOUNTAIN
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Monday, August 12
Dana Bell
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Sunday, August 11
Dana Bell
SENTINEL MOUNTAIN
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Saturday, August 10
Dana Bell
Sentinel Mountain
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Tuesday, August 6
Dana Bell
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Friday, August 2
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Wednesday, July 31
Dana Bell
Get ready, get set, go!
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Tuesday, July 23
Dana Bell
First Journal Entry
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