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Team: North
Dana Bell
Wednesday, September 4
SUMMIT LAKE TO MADISON CAMPGROUND
SEPTEMBER 4, 2002

SUMMIT LAKE TO MADISON CAMPGROUND, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

7:30 a.m.: Im the first person up, my tent is packed up and Im sitting again on the edge of the lake to finish last nights journal entry. The lake is smooth and reflecting the treeline and first morning clouds. Bull elks are still bugling in the forests around us, eery but beautiful warbling calls. Birds are every where, little grebe-like birds on the lake, and feeding on some little creatures along the lake are robins, beautiful soft gray birds with white head markings and almost crests, and another handsome gray bird with distinctive black and white wing feathers. If I sit really still they come down to feed at the waterline just feet from me. The sun is just lighting up the tops of the grasses and its absolutely quiet except for the cries and flapping wings of the birds. Camp is now awake so Id better get over for my hot Granola with Blueberry breakfast.

11:30 a.m.: We left Summit Lake at 9:30 and have just stopped for a quick lunch. Weve already covered 5.82 miles (good old GPS technology) and are looking down on Biscuit Basin in the Upper Geyser Basin. We can see the cars on the Grand Loop Road and the Firehole River looping through the basin. Much of the trail has continued to be through the burn area along a dry waterway. As it was yesterday the trail is flat and has allowed us a quick trip out. The trail is now heading down and we should be in the basin within an hour. We have just reached the Support Team and alerted them of our ETA.

12:45 p.m.: We arrive in the basin and come out at a boardwalk through steaming geysers and bubbling pools. What a landscape after the past month in forests and grass-covered ridgelines. The most incredible sight is Saphire Pool, a great deep pool rimmed in stone with no observable bottom. According to the area sign the pool erupted violently during a 1959 earthquake. Along the boardwalk are lots of people coolly dressed in casual vacation clothes - what a strange sight for us who have seen so few people throughout the Journey. But what a sight we must be to them, five pretty dusty hikers burdened with sizable backpacks strolling along the boardwalk toward the parking lot.

The Madison group camp is great with fantastic restrooms. We have almost the entire afternoon to relax. And, soooo, Journal entries are starting to appear after five days of quiet. From the Journey, dana
for Wednesday, September 4
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Team: North
Dana Bell
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Monday, September 23
Dana Bell
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Sunday, September 22
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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
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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
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
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Wednesday, August 21
Dana Bell
Day 22: Bushwhacking by Foot & Horse
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Tuesday, August 20
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Monday, August 19
Dana Bell
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
Dana Bell
SCAPEGOAT MOUNTAIN
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Monday, August 12
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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
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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
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First Journal Entry
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