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Team: South
Saturday, August 3, 2002
A Hot Day to Hike

"The trail goes, uh.... UP!" The south team navigates their way through the desert.
Courtesy Catherine Kiffe

Cows are a frequent site on BLM lands, which are managed for many sustainable uses.

Cows are a frequent site on BLM lands, which are managed for many sustainable uses.
Courtesy Catherine Kiffe

Team South fills up their waterbottles today and pulls on their big floppy hats in preparation for a couple of long, shadeless, hot-weather hikes across the scrubby foothills of the Mimbres Mountains. The experience may help them understand how the Apache held this area for so long-- only an experienced desert dweller could survive for long in what may seem to many like a blasted, featureless wasteland.

Of course, the section of the American Frontiers route the trekkers are following today is not a blasted wasteland at all, but the magical boundary between desert and forest, a wildlife-rich fringe where the Chihuahuan desert rises into pinon scrub, then up some more into cool ponderosa pine forests. Numerous forest species enter the desert along these slopes, following watercourses as they flow into the Rio Grande.

August 3, 2002
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The Trek: A Public Lands Journey
The Journey, or Trek, involved two groups of travelers: one starting north from the Mexican border and the second headed south from the Canadian. Their route lay entirely on public lands, a feat that has never been accomplished before. The trek began on July 31, 2002 and ended two months later when the two teams met in Wasatch-Cache National Forest near Salt Lake City, Utah on September 27.

Read about the trek, check out journal entries and photos, and browse our educational exhibits.

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