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Team: North
Dana Bell
Wednesday, September 18
KEMMERER TO SEEDSKADEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Up early this morning for breakfast with Rey Adame, Public Affairs Officer for the three surrounding BLM field offices, Harlen Hiner, Acting Field Manager for the Rock Springs Field Office, and Wally Mierzejewski, Recreation Planner for the Rock Springs field office. One of the issues we discussed is the traditional access roads and trails across private land to public land. Even here in Wyoming, where space seems limitless, the sale and/or division of large ranches are restricting access. This is a common concern in more populated states and public lands close to large population centers. Reduction of access points makes it more difficult for visitors to enter public land and may restrict dispersed opportunities. Construction of new roads and even trails are expensive, time consuming, and depending on location and proposed visitor use may raise strong environmental and social opposition. Personally I believe that there needs to be more emphasis on protecting and enhancing access routes in planning processes and that in community development adjacent to public lands there should be some easement requirement to protect existing trail and road access points.

Following breakfast Wally guided us on backroads through the Moxarch Oil and Gas Field. The Field approximately 75 by 40 miles in size produces from 1,000 wells five million barrels of oil and seventy-three BILLION cubic feet of natural gas each year. 12% of the revenue from the oil and gas goes to the United States treasury.

Next stop was the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge to join up with Carol Damberg, Refuge Manager, and our river guide Chris. We returned to our canoes just down from the Refuge and spent the next three hours paddling and floating down the Green River. Wildlife for the day included a herd of twelve deer crossing the river, five trumpeter swans that we saw twice, numerous great blue herons, hawks and white pelicans, and one salmon thrashing around along one bank.

We came ashore at the “6-Mile Ramp”, ate a picnic lunch on the bank, and then all piled into Mike Browns agency suburban and the Hondas to drive out to the Green River crossing and an emigrant trail interpretive site off Highway 28. The primary emigrant trail period across Wyoming lasted approximately from 1843 to 1869. The completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 greatly reduced the number of emigrants traveling by wagon train along the Oregon/California/Mormon/Pony Express Trail route that crosses Wyoming and the Green River where we traveled today. During these twenty-six years approximately 400,000 emigrants traveled along the Trail. The interpretive site off Highway 28 commemorated the estimated 10 to 30,000 pioneers who perished on the trail. It was hard to read about and think of those who lost friends, spouses and children along the trail, had only time for the simplest of burials, and then had to proceed on. Standing and looking down the trail until it passed over the horizon it was as though we had stepped back150 years.

Tonight was a let down your hair and relax evening. We had a group dinner of BBQ steak, ground buffalo and antelope sausage (the latter two provided by Carol and Doug Damberg), watched an intensely bright rainbow be absorbed into a magnificent sunset, and then went over to the Refuge’s almost finished interpretive/meeting building for a presentation on the National Wildlife Refuge System and to see the slides that Bob A and Bob V have put together on the Journey. The final treat was that we are staying in the Refuge’s new seasonal house. So for tonight no rain and no packing up wet tents in the morning. From the Journey, dana
for Wednesday, September 18
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Team: North
Dana Bell
Dana and Mike by a beaver dam.
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
Dana Bell
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
Dana Bell
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
Dana Bell
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
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
Dana Bell
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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