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Team: North
Dana Bell
Friday, August 16
FAMILY & HAPPY BIRTHDAY JON
DAY 17:

Stemple Pass to Meyers Pass (20 miles)

Off for a day to simple put on miles. Route similar to Thursday but with more rocks that the horses simply didnít like or their feet were so sore that it hurt them. A number of times had to walk the horses down loose, rocky hills. Our speed kept getting slower and slower. Finally, about three miles out I gave up, dismounted, loosed the cinch and walked my horse the rest of the way to camp. Even on foot the horse would often just stop and need coaxing to move forward. Again, the Team came through. Minus a guide for most of the day we managed well, helped each other out with footsore, tired horses, and laughed over handling our latest challenge. At the end of the day we were glad to be done with both the horses and the guide.

Thought a lot about the family today as today was our sonís 18th birthday. How I wish that they could be on this Journey with me. The years passed quickly as the kids were growing up but I have such fun memories of them on our annual winter trips around the west and weekends in the Mojave Desert and local national forests. Memories of them rolling down sand dunes in Death Valley, playing on favorite boulders at Cougar Buttes, riding their little motorcycles with their dad and finding such treasures as iron railroad spikes and assorted bones, hiking forever and ever through the Prairie Creek redwoods, and of them playing for me my favorite Chariots of Fire song just before Iíd take off for enduro starts. Our time together has been very special for Sam and I. But, with all of the weeks and weekends that we were away the kids did miss out on birthday parties and sleepovers. In place of these, though I think that they had greater opportunities to spend time as a family, see much of Californiaís backcountry, and develop their imaginations, self-confidence and good land ethics.

Our camp tonight is among clusters of pines next to open meadow. High winds are expected but feel desperate for being in open space and pitch my tent in the meadow. Very cold tonight and itís good to be safe in camp, with a warm fire and a cozy tent to climb into. We actually have cell phone reception tonight. So standing in the middle of the meadow I get to call home to wish Jon a happy birthday and talk with Sam for the first time in 10 days. I find out that they have gone down to my parentís house the night before and set up my dadís computer so that whenever he turns it on the American Frontiers website will come on. Such thoughtfulness from Sam and Jon makes me cry. How I have been blessed with a such good kids and a wonderful husband. From the Journey, dana
for Friday, August 16
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
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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
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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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