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Team: North
Cheryl Fusco
Friday, August 9
Trail Greetings
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Snow fields are a bonus

Snow fields are a bonus
Courtesy Ravi Gupta

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Highline trail  in Glacier National Park

Highline trail in Glacier National Park
Courtesy Ravi Gupta

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Cheryl with teammates Ravi and Michelle

Cheryl with teammates Ravi and Michelle
Courtesy Tom

Greetings Family and Friends

I’ve missed you all and think about you often, mostly when I find myself in the most incredibly beautiful country up north. It’s been 3 weeks since our training session in Utah but I feel I’ve experienced year’s worth of memories in this short period of time. Our training covered first aid, traveling in bear country, leave no trace camping techniques, dealing with the media, team building, ATV training, mountain bike, and fire awareness. Both the North and South teams got to know each other before we set off on same journey but different paths. The North team started in Canada and the Southern team began their trip on the Mexican border. We meet again in Utah to celebrate Public Lands Day on the 28th of September. It is also an education process for the public to be aware and to care about our public lands, which are open to all users, mountain bikers, day hikers and backpackers, ATV and motor sport enthusiasts, and horseback riders.

It has truly been an adventure since the start, I’ve learned so much, and my brain still isn’t quite full. The ATV training was awesome; I’ve never driven one before and was amazed at how I took to it. Driving the motor home with a trailer (with help from my team mate, Paul from Georgia) from Utah to the Canadian border. We have a caravan (all donated vehicles) of 2 Honda Pilots, a Honda CRV, and a Dodge Ram and Chevy pickup, both with trailers.

We got the trekkers off and are sort of leap-frogging ahead. They’ve been on hikes and are now on an eight-day horse-packing trip. During the times that they are out in the field, we get to explore the area. We are still in Glacier Park and are just absorbing everything we can about this wonderous place. I’ve gone on three great hikes and hope to get at least one more in. The most memorable was the High Line trail off of Logan Pass. After traveling the Going to the Sun Highway (a marvel of engineering of winding roads cut through and on the side of the mountains with strait drops of thousands of feet) the trailhead at the pass began with panoramic views of glaciers and waterfalls. It was an 11.6 mile- hike around passes and ice fields. At the top, at about 4500 feet was a chalet with an incredible view of the range and a great spot for lunch. Ending the hike was a four- mile down hill run – a little hard on the knees but through some nice wooded areas. Others hikes have include the Hidden Lake trail (mountain goats all around) and the Siyeh and Piegan Pass ( wild life abound, marmots, moose, goats, birds and wild flowers of the north – fireweed, asters, arctic lilies, bear grass, forget-me-nots, - the weather has been good – cool mostly but with plenty of sun, some rain, but always brief.

I’ve mentioned the fun, but there is still the work. My job is equipment and logistics. It includes everything from keeping the team outfitted in camping gear, having fully equipped tool kits, to changing the tire on the Dodge Ram (knowing how to change a flat tire is truly one of the life skills everyone should know – goes right up there with knowing how to make a fire). Speaking of gear, we have great sponsors with Colman being one of the most generous, with over $12,000 in donated camping gear. Our tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, lanterns, cookware, compasses, knives, cook kits, personal gear, all that we get to keep. Other sponsors like REI gave each team member rain gear, three pairs of pants three shirts, socks, hats, fleece jackets – I won’t have to shop for clothes for the next 10 years!

We have a great team, everyone pitches in to help wherever they can- camp set-up and break up take no time at all. Our team consists of interesting people with a variety of interests. We have teachers, a doctor, writers, naturalist, a scout, retired scoutmasters, and mountain bikers, an EMT, experienced hikers and back packers.

We will be in Glacier Park only four more days then it’s onward toward Yellowstone with plenty of stops in between. My journal entries will be more frequent and full of the day’s adventures with pictures to follow. I’m happy for the outlet to share my memories.
for Friday, August 9
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: North
Cheryl Fusco
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List of All Journal Entries
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Friday, September 13
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Monday, September 9
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Thursday, September 5
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Friday, August 30
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Thursday, August 29
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Tuesday, August 27
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Sunday, August 25
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Wednesday, August 21
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Cheryl's entry
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Tuesday, August 20
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Cheryl's entry
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Sunday, August 18
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Wednesday, August 14
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Monday, August 12
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Friday, August 9
Cheryl Fusco
Trail Greetings
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Wednesday, July 31
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