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Team: North
Dana Bell
Sunday, September 15
JACKSON TO SCALER CABIN
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

JACKSON TO SCALER CABIN, BRIDGER-TETON NF

What a gorgeous drive today along the Greys River all the way up to its source and then beyond up and over Lander Pass. Many of the aspen have changed to yellow and the maples ranged from florescent orange to deep red. We stopped for a picnic lunch along the river and most of the group had a stone-skipping contest. Bob A and Cheryl won hands down! As we approached Scaler Cabin where we were staying for the night I happened to glance down in the willow-filled ravine about 100 feet from the road and there was this big black animal that I just mentally thought must be a cow. Then I looked again - it looked at me - and it registered that it was a very LARGE black bear feeding on a dead calf. I stammered out to Cheryl, who I was riding with in the big silver truck, that there was a bear down by the creek and then grabbed the walkie-talkie radio and told everyone there was a bear. Since all of the others were ahead of us they had to back up. It wasn’t until the bear got fed up with us staring at him and slowly ambled up the hillside that I thought to take a picture of him.

Scaler Cabin is a wonderful old Forest Service log cabin that is now available for rent at $30 per night. The front half of the cabin is a room with two bunk beds and an old wood desk. A back quarter is a kitchen with propane stove, sink and small table. The other back quarter is a small room with one bunk and a bathroom with sink, flushing toilet and small shower. In front of the cabin is a fire ring and sufficient room for several tents.

Mark Booth, District Ranger, John Wytanis, Natural Resource Specialist for the Kemmerer Ranger District joined us for dinner around the fire and discussed their Districts primary management issues. Of course a primary issues particularly at this time of year is hunting. Rifle season on deer, elk and moose opened today and there were hunters and hunting campsites everywhere. Of credit to Mark is that the primary access road for hunters in this particular area was extremely well maintained and signed including mileage markers in from the main highway. Considering the amount of constant traffic we encountered on our drive in the maintenance was critical in providing good access and protecting the adjacent river environment. I had previously met Mark this past spring at the Region Partnership Conference and asked him what he had thought of the conference and if he had gotten any good ideas for his District. He said that he thought the conference was beneficial to him and had several ideas that he wanted to work with over the winter. One of his challenges is that there are no large population areas within or near his District to draw volunteers from. But, that he was in contact with several hunting organizations that he hoped he would be able to work with. Having local populations to draw from or being able to contact and work with publics that utilize an area but do not live near it appears to be a common concern in the rural areas that we have traveled through. And, to me it appears a concern that State and national organizations should address in order to assist local areas with developing partnerships. From the Journey, dana
for Sunday, September 15
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Biographical
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Team: North
Dana Bell
Dana and Mike by a beaver dam.
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Monday, September 23
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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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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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Wednesday, September 11
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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
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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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