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Team: North
Dana Bell
Monday, August 12
SEPTEMBER 12, 2002

Little Greys River to trailhead near Blind Bull Mine and KOA, Wilson, WY

It was a no rush morning for the group. We packed up tents, ate breakfast and started off at 9:30 with thoughts of making “home” by late afternoon. Crossed Roosevelt Meadow, actually a series of meadows, and less than an hour out came upon Chuck Streeper, a real mountain man. Chuck left Visalia, California 34 years ago and as since has wandered all over the United States. For the last 24 years he’s traveled with two horses, Rusty (who gives kisses) and Whichways. For two hours Chuck entranced us with his adventures including two cross-country trips to the east coast. At 60 he is sort of considering retirement with plans to build and fly a barnstorming biplane. He even showed us his pilot manual tucked carefully in the packs.

With some additional, good directions from Chuck, including the location of a crashed 140 Cessna (all that remains is part of the tail section and assorted bits of metal) we proceeded on our way. The only difficulty we had with the trail was a short section around an old cabin and 5:00 found us at the end trailhead. Support, Dave and Rob, arrived at 6:20 due to traffic work that would also catch us on the return trip. It was not only good to see those Hondas come in to view but also to have Rob back!

Our trip back, most of which within the Bridger-Teton National Forest on a well-maintained dirt road along the Grey River, provided a bunch of surprises. First was the Gray River itself sliding along parallel to us, then a mature bald eagle flying at tree level down the middle of the river, and down toward the south end of the canyon individual then clusters then hillsides of maples turning to bright red against patches of yellow aspen and green firs. As we turned up toward Jackson the sunset turned form faint pink on blue to intense pink to a reddish orange glow.

Finally back to camp at 8:30 p.m. for hugs and a fantastic dinner cooked by Lisa Madsen, Executive Director of the Public Lands Interpretive Association, who had arrived that afternoon with Ken Chapman, Executive Producer for the American Frontiers Public Lands Journey, and Debbie Payton, Media Coordinator.

We are approaching the end of our Journey. The past two days is the last of our hiking (well, except for a couple of bushwhacks) until the last two days of the Journey. As I think about the country we have seen, the trails we have covered, and the land managers we have spoken and traveled with I feel ever more strongly that the work that is being done by the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council, the American Motorcyclist Association, American Trails, Tread Lightly!, National Trails Training Partnership, Backcountry Horseman, International Mountain Bicycle Association, California Off-Highway Vehicle Stakeholder Roundtable and similar efforts across the country are on the right track. Education, partnerships, and collaborative efforts by the private sector, diverse interests and government agencies are essential for enhancing all trail opportunities while providing better protection of natural and cultural resources. From the Journey, dana
for Monday, August 12
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Team: North
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
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Saturday, September 21
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Thursday, September 19
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Seedskadee NWR
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Wednesday, September 18
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KEMMERER TO SEEDSKADEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
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Monday, September 16
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SCALER CABIN TO WEEPING ROCK
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Sunday, September 15
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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
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LITTLE GREYS RIVER TO BLIND BULL MINE TRAILHEAD
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Wednesday, September 11
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CLIFF CREEK TO LITTLE GREYS RIVER
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Tuesday, September 10
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KOA CAMPGROUND, WILSON, WY
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Monday, September 9
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Sunday, September 8
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Saturday, September 7
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Thursday, September 5
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Wednesday, September 4
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SUMMIT LAKE TO MADISON CAMPGROUND
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Tuesday, September 3
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BUFFALO CAMP TO SUMMIT LAKE
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Monday, September 2
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BLAIR LAKE TO BUFFALO CAMP
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Sunday, September 1
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SPRING CREEK TO BLAIR LAKE
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Saturday, August 31
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EAST CAMAS TO SPRING CREEK
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Friday, August 30
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DAY 31 - TABLE MOUNTAIN & MISTY OF KILKORE
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Thursday, August 29
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Shineberger to Old Beaver Campground, Dubois Ranger District, Targhee National Forest, Idaho
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Thursday, August 29
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LITTLE SHEEP CREEK TO SHINEBERGER
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Tuesday, August 27
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Monday, August 26
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Camp Life and Lewis and Clark
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Sunday, August 25
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My Tent
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Saturday, August 24
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WILDLIFE DAY
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Thursday, August 22
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Wednesday, August 21
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Day 22: Bushwhacking by Foot & Horse
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Tuesday, August 20
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Monday, August 19
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COLD CREEK WATER & MICKEY
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Saturday, August 17
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Friday, August 16
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FAMILY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY JON
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Monday, August 12
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SCAPEGOAT MOUNTAIN
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Monday, August 12
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Sunday, August 11
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SENTINEL MOUNTAIN
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Saturday, August 10
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Sentinel Mountain
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Tuesday, August 6
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Friday, August 2
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Wednesday, July 31
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Get ready, get set, go!
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Tuesday, July 23
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First Journal Entry
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