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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Saturday, August 10
Take a Leap
Becky and Sherry already busy, feeding horses, brewing coffee, ---breakfast burritos and bacon. They are real cowgirls. I really admire their strengths, dedication and commitment. They are beautiful women, it is a rough tough land and they meet it on its
Terms. They are the “sense of place” because they belong to the land. Their view of public lands comes from a very different perspective. The rules and regulation make it difficult for them sometimes to maintain their livings, meeting the controversy.
Becky re-shoes Richard’s horse that threw one on the trail yesterday. She made it look much natural than we do changing a tire on a car.
I was talking to Dave, the ranger going along the way with us about the trees that look like driftwood from the ocean---lightning struck, resin of the trees turned into preservative, makes a good fire starter.
I am surprised that I am not sore. Let’s see what happens today. As we progress, we come to part of the trail with aspens fallen across. Julie’s horse high steps politely over, mine decides a ballet leap is more her choice. Quite a surprise and I am delighted to still be seated in the saddle on the other side. At another place the trail is choked with aspen and Becky, Dave and Jan chop a path for our horses to pass as we walk on foot to guide them through the maze. Becky, Dave and Jan have had a workout, sweat pours from all three. Now sometimes the trail is only about one foot wide and the downgrade on the left is about 45 degrees, same for the incline on the right. It doesn’t seem like we should be able to walk along on this tiny ledge. The glimpses through the trees of the mountainous landscapes now far below are truly what you see when you read Aldo Leopold’s writings. We do and I love it! The forest changes from aspens to fir to aspen again. We are getting a first hand glimpse of the result of fires years ago. We stop by Mimbres Lake, now dried up, no water for the horses. Water is a very crucial part of the life in the mountains.
We camp high on a mountain with a meadow for the horses and mules (10 in all for 5 people). We set up the tents and help Becky and Sherry feed the livestock (corn in sacks hung around their necks). Becky cooks supper over the butane stove tonight, hominy with cheese and hot salsa with fresh zucchini and onions. We drink hot chocolate while waiting for supper as the evening cools from the sunsoaked day, jackets necessary for warmth. After supper Julie suggested a walk up through the meadow to the top of the hill. I am glad I joined her. We shared the sight of a blazing sunset and could even see mountain ranges farther away than we could see earlier in the day. We talked girl talk. Its was a great day.
Earlier in the day I was trying to think of work pictures for the views we catch between forests, on the edges and on the ridges. Think of waves during a storm on the ocean and they are frozen in time, covered with carpets of varying greens. I would like to stay longer soaking in theses sights, always to have them a part of me. The mission for now is to press forward, hopefully to keep them all forever.
for Saturday, August 10
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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Sunday, January 5
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Sunday, December 8
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Tuesday, December 3
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Student's Letter
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Monday, November 25
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Gifts from Long Ago
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Sunday, November 10
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Gray and Beautiful
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Sunday, November 3
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Using the Pictures
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Friday, October 18
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Rush, rush, rush
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Wednesday, October 9
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Home Again
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Saturday, September 28
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Friday, September 27
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Together Again
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Thursday, September 26
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Packing Up
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Wednesday, September 25
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Across Strawberry Reservoir
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Tuesday, September 24
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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
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Accident
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Friday, September 20
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Another Glorious Day on the trail.
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Thursday, September 19
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Roundtable---a place to learn
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Wednesday, September 18
Catherine Kiffe
A thrilling ride!
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Tuesday, September 17
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Fishlake National Forest
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Monday, September 16
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Come for a 4 Wheel Drive
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Sunday, September 15
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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
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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
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Wilderness Explained
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Friday, September 6
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A River Ride and Dam View
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Tuesday, September 3
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Monday, September 2
Catherine Kiffe
Headlamps
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Sunday, September 1
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What's Roaring?
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Saturday, August 31
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The River
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Friday, August 30
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Beginning the Walk Down
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Tuesday, August 27
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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
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Biscuits
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Wednesday, August 21
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Another Short Day
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Tuesday, August 20
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A Short Day
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Monday, August 19
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Questions
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Monday, August 19
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A Great Day
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Saturday, August 17
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A Scorched Land
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Friday, August 16
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What? 30 miles??? Yes!
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Thursday, August 15
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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
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Step Back In Time
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Monday, August 12
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Take A Deep Breath
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Monday, August 12
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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
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"Bag a Peak" and Fight with a Bush!
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Sunday, August 4
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Busy, busy!
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Friday, August 2
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Third Day of the Trek
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Wednesday, July 31
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4 Wheeling
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Tuesday, July 30
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Kickoff Events in DC
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Tuesday, July 23
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First day...
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Wednesday, May 1
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Wednesday, December 31
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More Student Questions
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Wednesday, December 31
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Gray and Beautiful
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