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Team: North
Dana Bell
Monday, August 12
SCAPEGOAT MOUNTAIN
MONDAY - AUGUST 12 (20 miles)

Half Moon Park to Black Tail Creek: Today we passed through country that can only be described as land of grandeur. A spectacular sunrise lite the mountain in a pink glow. Much of the morning we were under the shadow of Scapegoat Mountain passing first over green hillsides sprinkled with wildflowers and dotted with clusters of stark white tree skeletons. Weather and fire (late 1980s) has carved the trees into weird and beautiful shapes. Believe that we got some great pictures of the trees and the mule train silhouetted against green hills, blue sky and ghost trees. In the afternoon we headed down the Continental along the Dearborn River. Saw two bears at separate times, the first may have been a grizzly. Both on hillsides and both bears scidaddled away as soon as they saw or smelled us. Camped in a meadow at a designated hunting camp at a junction of the Dearborn and Black Tail Creek. After setting up camp went down to the river by myself and took a very cold dip. Just a tad chilly but felt much better after. Dinner a treat of steak and of course a ďJackĒ fire. We knew about Indian fires (small) and whiteman fires (large), and now we know about Jack fires (huge). Although every fire we built was totally cleaned up and naturalized before we left each morning. Others had not been so responsible. Throughout the Bob and Scapegoat we saw numerous small and large fire rings - some at least clean others not.

One of the best experiences of traveling with Jack was his family stories and of his dadís love of the Bob. This evening Jack gifted us with one of his fatherís poem

ďOh, Lord, no manmade portals show your realm to me.
I see it in my life and spaces wide -
Where towering mountains rear their heads in tribute beyond the quiet peaceful countryside.
Itís where I see the wonders of creation from bud to leaf, from twig to stately tree.
The growth of things from humblest beginning can only help instill humility.
The balance of the powers you created -
The tumbling stream contained by quiet lake,
The gently breeze thatís all there is remaining of high wild winds the mountains turn and break.
Please help me find the trails that wear your blazes.
And guide me till the clouds of trouble pass.
Make me as big as the mountains above me,
Yet humble as the smallest blade of grass.
Just let me be as honest as my pony,
And lead a string from camps along the way.
To help out those who may not have an outfit,
So all who can may reach the pass some day.

CB Rich - 1960ís
(recited by Jack Rich 8/12/02
for Monday, August 12
North South Both




Biographical
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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
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
Dana Bell
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Friday, September 13
Dana Bell
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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
Dana Bell
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Thursday, September 5
Dana Bell
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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
Dana Bell
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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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