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Team: South
Jessica Terrell
Wednesday, September 18
Days and Days of ATV's
I believe I dreamt about ATV’s and “mountain men” last night after our talk with over a hundred people participating in an annual event called the Mountain Men Marathon. I stuck pretty close to Kay’s side during the long round of introductions, feeling a little shy among the company at hand (although there was one woman participating in the event this year). To alleviate the tension of the situation, I leaned over to Kay every couple of minutes and asked “How about that one?” or “There’s one for you!” This brought a smile and some giggles to Kay’s face, especially when the man wearing a bobcat pelt for a hat introduced himself!

The session with the mountain men (and woman) was a great way to kick off our five-day ATV portion of the trek. Bright and early this morning, Paul Slavik arrived with the “SUV of ATV’s”, the Honda Rincon (thanks to Ann and Joe Vance for getting the ATV’s to us!!!). These particular vehicles had never been driven before, and it was obvious they were top-of-the-line machines. In fact, they might as well just drive themselves! Not a huge fan of this method of transportation, I stepped away to gaze once more at the scenery around me.

This morning, as I unzipped my tent and gasped at the frigid air, I wanted to jump for joy (and did) when I saw the gift Mother Nature had given us that fine autumn/winter morning. Thousand Lake Mountain, a patchwork quilt of greens only hours before, was now barely hidden beneath a layer of pristine white flakes. I was never so happy to see snow in my entire life! I REALLY wanted to scramble up to the top, to immerse my senses in that scene. Somehow I knew just what it would feel like – my eyes squinting in the bright sun reflecting on the snow, the numbness of my fingers as I climb, the wind in my ears, and the sting of cold air entering my lungs. Like I said only yesterday, someday I WILL climb that mountain, and it will be just as I have imagined. But for now I can only watch, because I need to be ready to send the trekkers off into the chilly morning air. As I waited, warming my hands with a cup of hot coffee and watching Paul Slavik ready the ATV’s, a think fog rolled down the mountain and brought with it millions of fluffy snowflakes! What a strange event, to have snow in mid-September. Kay, Jake, Lori and I took turns snapping photos of each other goofing around in the snow, even managing to catch a few flakes on our tongues! The trekkers, upon seeing the snow, donned even more clothing, and Cathy borrowed my rain gear in an attempt to keep dry during the ride. They headed off not long after it began snowing, only their eyes visible through their helmets. I knew that Max Reid (U.S. Forest Service) and Mike Browning (Great Western Trail Association) would get them safely to the next camp. Just as I began thinking about the drive down the mountain, the snow stopped, and all traces of it vanished only minutes later.

With the trekkers on their way, we set about packing up camp and thinking about our stay in a hotel tonight in Richfield! But there was much to be done before then, so we worked and worked and worked. We drove to the place where the trekkers would stop for the day, called Gooseberry Campground, about 66 miles from where they began. Since we whined to Bob about needing showers and such, he let a few of us leave and go on to the hotel. Ahhh, showers are always so good. But upon reflection, I know I will barely remember the showers and smile fondly at the times when I was grimy and stinky. Kind of funny…

The hotel in Richfield was nice, just like the others we had been lucky enough to stay at, and we were treated to a visit from Stephen Maurer in the evening. We talked about plans for the end of the trek over a dinner of steak and Bloomin’ Onions. Tomorrow there is no trekking. We have a roundtable discussion to talk about ATV’s, their impact, problems, solutions, and general information. I am excited about the possibility of talking about my job in Missouri as a trail coordinator. I would really like to take back some information on this growing activity, and meet some contacts as well. Boy, it sure feels nice to sleep in a real bed, but the space seems too big. I need something smaller…
for Wednesday, September 18
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