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Team: South
Jacob MacLeod
Tuesday, July 30
To the Mexican Border
Driving from Salt Lake City to the Mexican border was mostly uneventful. Our first night we stayed at a campground in Mesa Verde, Colorado. How wonderful to see mountains again! We were situated in a lovely little elevated valley surrounded by rocky peaks several hundred feet higher than we were. That evening, Jessica and I took a short trail up to the rocky false-crest of a ridge just above our camp. The valley had had a forest fire a couple of years before and the blackened trees were harsh reminders of what has been, and still is, going on throughout the West this year, Yet the rejuvenating Scrub Oak was an equally important reminder of the tenacity of nature, and of life.

We didnít get high enough to really see the sunset, but it was so beautiful! I sometimes forget to breathe when Iím caught up in my humdrum existence, and humdrum activities: setting up camp, doing dishes. . . itís when I see such expanses of land that I remember to use my whole lungs.

We stopped in Albuquerque for a night in a hotel. When I woke up on 7/30, I thought I had pink eye. I had been fighting a fever, and thought I was over the worst of it, but running the previous morning had hurt more than it helped. After I cleaned myself up and had a few pills we went to the Forest Service office and had our first real media event. Stephen Mauer talked about our mission, and then we all introduced ourselves and told about our roles on the trek. Standing there looking at my teammates, I was struck by how proud I was of them. They are all so great, and Iím so proud to know them, to be doing this with them, and just proud of them. Hearing Stephen speak so eloquently and passionately about our land and this mission we are on was very touching. Whenever anything goes wrong, or I get frustrated, I try to remember such moments when I am humbled by things like the scope of his vision and the good fortune I was blessed with to be privileged as a part of this wonderful journey.

for Tuesday, July 30
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Jacob MacLeod
Jake hikes through the sandstone wonderland of the Wave formation in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Where's your hat, Jake?

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List of All Journal Entries
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Saturday, September 28
Jacob MacLeod
National Public Lands Day
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Friday, September 27
Jacob MacLeod
Together Again!!
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Thursday, September 26
Jacob MacLeod
Our Last Full Day
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Sunday, September 22
Jacob MacLeod
Letter to My Family
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Thursday, September 5
Jacob MacLeod
My Bird List for the Trek
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Sunday, August 18
Jacob MacLeod
I Got It!!
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Thursday, August 15
Jacob MacLeod
Exelsior
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Monday, August 12
Jacob MacLeod
The Lesson at Eagle Peak
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Sunday, August 11
Jacob MacLeod
Snow Lake
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Thursday, August 8
Jacob MacLeod
"Attack of the Nine-Million Flies!"
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Sunday, August 4
Jacob MacLeod
Backpacking at Last
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Friday, August 2
Jacob MacLeod
El Paso and Back
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Thursday, August 1
Jacob MacLeod
A Rocky Place
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Wednesday, July 31
Jacob MacLeod
Day 1 Highlight
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Wednesday, July 31
Jacob MacLeod
The Trek Begins
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Tuesday, July 30
Jacob MacLeod
To the Mexican Border
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Sunday, July 28
Jacob MacLeod
Training Week
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