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Team: North
Friday, September 13, 2002
Sunny Day with Hot Showers Toward Evening
Today promises to be a fine one for Team North, as they pack out of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and back into the town of Jackson. It will be one of the last truly warm and sunny days the team will see for a while, and hot showers and flush toilets await the tired trekkers at the end of the road.

As Dana Bell wrote before they left for their backpacking trip, summer is over in Wyoming & autumn in the Tetons means frost on the tent. To make up for the chilly weather, the team will get to enjoy increasing action in the wildlife communities. The birds particularly are warming up their wings for their upcoming migration. Sandhill cranes and pelicans are flocking right now, moving south down the Snake River, and gobbling up the leavings in the farmer's fields. Geese, swans, and ducks are getting ready to follow in their own cross-country journey. But days like today make all the animals pause in their winter preparations & enjoy one more day in the sun.
for Friday, September 13
North South Both

Team: South
Friday, September 13, 2002
Hiking the Canyons of the Escalante
Having survived the ride up Hole-in-the-Rock Road, part of Team South begins a three-day, cross country hike from Calf Creek campground to Deer Creek campground. The hike is required in order to go around private lands surrounding the town of Boulder. The support team remains at Calf Creek

The town of Boulder lies in a bowl-like depression, surrounded by naked, pale-yellow sandstone. Looking down from Highway 12 and seeing the sharp green of fields and orchards, one gets the impression of looking down on an enormous salad bowl. Mormon pioneers settled the town in the 1870s to farm and run cattle on the land. The town lay in relative obscurity until the 1950s when uranium prospectors swarmed all over the country looking for yellowcake. When the boom was over, Boulder resumed its peaceful existence. Today, the once sleepy town is wide awake, thanks to the tourists who come to visit the Canyons of the Escalante. There is a bed and breakfast, a gourmet restaurant; espresso replaced cowboy coffee, and there is even talk of improving the Hole-in-the-Rock road.
for Friday, September 13
North South Both

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