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Team: North
Dana Bell
Monday, August 26
Camp Life and Lewis and Clark
DAY 27: MONDAY, August 26, 2002
Birch Creek Educational Center to Lewis & Clark Reservoir - LEWIS & CLARK and CAMPLIFE

More fun today with ATVs and three short bushwhacks. One cross-country took us down in to the ghost town of Bannack, first county seat for Montana and now a State Park. The buildings are as they were left and most can be explored with their old wallpaper and linoleum remnants, woodwork, door handles, and stairways bringing the past to the present.

Most of today was spent on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) although Elizabeth Braunn from the Dillion Ranger District continued as our guide - a good demonstration of seamless service. The country was very open with grand wide vistas. In the morning saw a bull moose, herd of antelope, two deer, and lots of eagles. As we rode toward camp we were riding directly into black clouds with forks of lightning and accompanying thunder. Just as we met the Support team with the ATV trails scattered drops caught us and followed us into our camp on the Reservoir. The Reservoir, only a tenth of its normal size due to several years of drought, covers a portion of the Lewis & Clark Trail. Following dinner this evening Steve Morehouse, manager of the Reservoir, related the Lewis & Clark journal entries and letters as they passed through this area. Wonderful presentation with reproductions of the equipment the expedition carried.

While every day is different there is certain constancy to camp life. Our camps generally come to life between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. At least a portion of the support team is up first preparing a hot breakfast for all. Typically we have a selection of pancakes, eggs, cereal or toast with coffee, tea or hot cocoa to help us warm up as the mornings have all been chilly. An extremely hardy lunch is also packed for the Trek Team and anyone else who will need one.

To handle natural functions we have a Phillips Environmental Toilet (PET.) This great device is a tall, unfolding and instant put-up tent with plastic chair and a bag system that keeps everything super sanitary and odor free. Environmentally it keeps our camp areas waste free. When all are desperate for showers a second tent can be put up with a three-gallon solar shower bag hanging above it. A hose runs down into the tent and is attached to a shower nozzle. The shower works slick!

After the Trek Team departs the Support Team tears down and packs up the camp including cooking stoves, hand-washing table, food preparation tables, and all of the food, duffle and tent bags, chairs and easy-up tents into our two 12’ trailers. When the Support Team arrives at the next night’s camp the process is reversed. And, then dinner is prepared - some times simple, other times a full “comfort” meal such as tonight; BBQ chicken, macaroni and cheese, green salad, and fresh fruit. Dinner is usually finished by 7:30 p.m. (IF the Trek Team has arrived in at least sort-of on schedule.) During the evening everyone vies for time on the computers to update Journal entries and check email when the Tech Trailer is onsite and the satellite dish behaving. When the Trailer is unable to reach our campsite or the dish is misbehaving it’s back to old-fashioned writing in our green Journals. When site and time allow we may have a fire but the primary congregation places are the Tech Trailer or RV. The latter for warmth and flat surfaces for Journal or computer writing. Generally by 10:00 p.m. the camp is quiet and all of us are safely tucked away in our tents. From the Journey, dana
for Monday, August 26
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Team: North
Dana Bell
Dana and Mike by a beaver dam.
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Wednesday, September 4
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Tuesday, September 3
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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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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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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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Tuesday, July 23
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