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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Wednesday, May 1
Public lands in Mississippi


The National Geographic Public Lands map arrived in the mail. I opened it, admiring the greens, golden yellows, and tans symbolizing the lands that belong to all Americans across the United States. Tearing my eyes away from the West I drifted down south to the boot shape of Louisiana. Hmm. Well we do have National Forests and Wildlife Refuges and I have crunched the leaves, hiking trails in some of them.
Shifting my line of vision over a little, I discovered about an hour north of Baton Rouge there is a patch of medium green representing Homochitto National Forest in Mississippi. Later, packing the car we were on our way.
Essie, (my new dog who I named Escalante because she is the color of the Navajo sandstone in the Grand Staircase Escalante, a daily reminder of that magical place) wagged her tail and jumped around on her short legs feeling the fun and anticipation.
The directions given by the owner of three secluded cabins on the edge of the Forest were very detailed. From the major interstate and highways we were finally on the forest service road-----oh so familiar from the days of the trek. Seeing the dirt and gravel was like seeing an old friend.
As the bottom of my little Camry scraped the mud, grass, leaves and branches in the middle of the road, I wished for the durability and security of the Honda Pilot and CRVs that had taken us so many demanding miles.
We finally turned in, unlocked the gate according to instructions and drove down the smaller dirt road. The cabin came into view, smuggled in the trees on the edge of a ravine. The landscape rolled with gentle forested hills accentuated with surprising drop-offs dotting the area.
The cabin was one of three, hidden even from each other. The pot-bellied stove was the only warmth on the chilly nights. We delighted in forging the icy creek, exploring, climbing up and down, amazed at the 100 foot limestone cliff on the ridge near our cabin.
Being there brought back memories of the trek of course, memories that are warm and vivid. Experiencing public lands is not only the enjoyment, the healing, the comfort, the re-creating of the moment, but also stepping away with those things as part of us forever. Each trip makes us richer in our souls.
for Wednesday, May 1
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
A new look for the teachers lounge: Cathy K gets suited up to go riding the dual-sport motorcycles.
Cathy is a Homebound Teacher for students in grades Kindergarten through 12,...
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List of All Journal Entries
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Sunday, January 5
Catherine Kiffe
Public lands in Mississippi
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Sunday, December 8
Catherine Kiffe
More Students Ask Questions
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Tuesday, December 3
Catherine Kiffe
Student's Letter
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Monday, November 25
Catherine Kiffe
Gifts from Long Ago
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Sunday, November 10
Catherine Kiffe
Gray and Beautiful
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Sunday, November 3
Catherine Kiffe
Using the Pictures
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Friday, October 18
Catherine Kiffe
Rush, rush, rush
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Wednesday, October 9
Catherine Kiffe
Home Again
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Saturday, September 28
Catherine Kiffe
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Friday, September 27
Catherine Kiffe
Together Again
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Thursday, September 26
Catherine Kiffe
Packing Up
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Wednesday, September 25
Catherine Kiffe
Across Strawberry Reservoir
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Tuesday, September 24
Catherine Kiffe
The Last Hike
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Tuesday, September 24
Catherine Kiffe
A Visit with Dinosaurs (or what’s left!)
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Monday, September 23
Catherine Kiffe
Accident
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Friday, September 20
Catherine Kiffe
Another Glorious Day on the trail.
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Thursday, September 19
Catherine Kiffe
Roundtable---a place to learn
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Wednesday, September 18
Catherine Kiffe
A thrilling ride!
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Tuesday, September 17
Catherine Kiffe
Fishlake National Forest
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Monday, September 16
Catherine Kiffe
Come for a 4 Wheel Drive
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Sunday, September 15
Catherine Kiffe
Swirls
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Sunday, September 15
Catherine Kiffe
Invasive Weeds
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Friday, September 13
Catherine Kiffe
I Love This Land
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Wednesday, September 11
Catherine Kiffe
Memorial Day
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Tuesday, September 10
Catherine Kiffe
Special Day
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Monday, September 9
Catherine Kiffe
How We Connect
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Sunday, September 8
Catherine Kiffe
A Visit with Bill then hee,hee, hee
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Saturday, September 7
Catherine Kiffe
Wilderness Explained
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Friday, September 6
Catherine Kiffe
A River Ride and Dam View
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Tuesday, September 3
Catherine Kiffe
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Monday, September 2
Catherine Kiffe
Headlamps
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Sunday, September 1
Catherine Kiffe
What's Roaring?
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Saturday, August 31
Catherine Kiffe
The River
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Friday, August 30
Catherine Kiffe
Beginning the Walk Down
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Tuesday, August 27
Catherine Kiffe
Watch that Step
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Monday, August 26
Catherine Kiffe
Passion and Information
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Sunday, August 25
Catherine Kiffe
" Listen to All"
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Saturday, August 24
Catherine Kiffe
Trees, more or less?
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Friday, August 23
Catherine Kiffe
Dirt and Treasure and Sharing
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Thursday, August 22
Catherine Kiffe
Be ready to change
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Wednesday, August 21
Catherine Kiffe
Biscuits
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Wednesday, August 21
Catherine Kiffe
Another Short Day
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Tuesday, August 20
Catherine Kiffe
A Short Day
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Monday, August 19
Catherine Kiffe
Questions
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Monday, August 19
Catherine Kiffe
A Great Day
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Saturday, August 17
Catherine Kiffe
A Scorched Land
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Friday, August 16
Catherine Kiffe
What? 30 miles??? Yes!
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Thursday, August 15
Catherine Kiffe
I Like It!
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Wednesday, August 14
Catherine Kiffe
Life changing
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Tuesday, August 13
Catherine Kiffe
Day "off"
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Tuesday, August 13
Catherine Kiffe
Step Back In Time
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Monday, August 12
Catherine Kiffe
Take A Deep Breath
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Monday, August 12
Catherine Kiffe
A Little Bit of Water
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Sunday, August 11
Catherine Kiffe
A Different Look At Burned Areas
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Saturday, August 10
Catherine Kiffe
Take a Leap
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Friday, August 9
Catherine Kiffe
Delightful Things
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Thursday, August 8
Catherine Kiffe
Not a Buggy Ride
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Wednesday, August 7
Catherine Kiffe
Ready for "hosses"
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Wednesday, August 7
Catherine Kiffe
Roundtable
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Tuesday, August 6
Catherine Kiffe
"Bag a Peak" and Fight with a Bush!
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Sunday, August 4
Catherine Kiffe
Busy, busy!
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Friday, August 2
Catherine Kiffe
Third Day of the Trek
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Wednesday, July 31
Catherine Kiffe
4 Wheeling
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Tuesday, July 30
Catherine Kiffe
Kickoff Events in DC
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Tuesday, July 23
Catherine Kiffe
First day...
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Wednesday, May 1
Catherine Kiffe
Public lands in Mississippi
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Wednesday, December 31
Catherine Kiffe
More Student Questions
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Wednesday, December 31
Catherine Kiffe
Gray and Beautiful
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