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Team: North
Dana Bell
Wednesday, September 11
CLIFF CREEK TO LITTLE GREYS RIVER
SEPTEMBER 11, 2002

Cliff Creek Trailhead to bend in Little Greys River, Teton National Forest, WY

We departed camp today with the radios tuned to the commemorative ceremonies in New York and Washington, D.C. It was a sad morning of memories of how the world changed one year ago and a very difficult one to be away from my family. I would have liked a least a moment to give them all a hug.

With Rob back in New York for the ceremonies Bob V, as first alternate was carrying both Glacier and the American Flag. Stephen was again with us and despite my objection, but with direction from Charlie and Dave, carrying my tent. Negotiation did allow me to reclaim my tent the second day out if my foot was holding out. It was a real kindness on their part but frustrating not to be able to should my own responsibilities.

The Cliff Creek Trail turned out to be one of the few well-designed and well-maintained trails we have been on since Glacier National Park. The trail usually was within sight or sound of Cliff Creek. We had lunch at Cliff Falls, 6 miles in, and took just a few photographs of the falls cascading down 68 feet into a rock basin. The afternoon brought a steep climb up over the falls, along ungulating hills dotted with clusters of fir and aspen, and across frequent creeks and springs. Several times during the day we passed or were passed by another group of hikes composed of young people in their late teens or early twenty’s and passed one group of hunters on horseback.

The decision for the day was how far should we try to go on our 21-mile three-day hike. All of us I think were considering our ability to cover the entire distance in two days. About 6:00, just ˝ mile short of Roosevelt Meadow, we found a beautiful little camping area on a bend in the Little Greys River. Several clusters of pines, flat ground, and smooth ground down to the river made it almost a perfect camp. On the downside was a good tree to hang our bear bag and the necessity to climb one of two steep banks if nature called. Stephen managed to find a good bear bag tree and took care of getting the bag up and down as needed.

Just at the bend where we cooked dinner a huge tree had fallen across the river. With time and flow the river had worn in two smooth depressions that the water spilled over and into a deep pool. If the weather or river had been warmer, actually lots warmer, it would have been a great swimming hole.

With almost 12 miles under our belts for the day, it was a quick dinner and short quiet conversation around a small fire before we all crawled into our tents for the night. Despite a cool gray afternoon and gauzy clouds over a quarter moon no rain has fallen. From the Journey, dana

for Wednesday, September 11
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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
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Thursday, September 19
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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
Dana Bell
CLIFF CREEK TO LITTLE GREYS RIVER
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Tuesday, September 10
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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
Dana Bell
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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Tuesday, July 23
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First Journal Entry
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