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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Wednesday, August 14
Life changing
I woke sometime during the night to the sound of elk calls near the camp. I wanted to go out, but I was both tired and knew it was probably too dark to see them.
It was so nice not to have to rush this morning. I sat in the open flap of my tent, washed my face and brushed my teeth with only a ½ cup of water. The warm sunshine that filtered thru the pines felt healing on my face and shoulders, the breeze was chilly and damp. The contrast makes me feel more alive.
We sat in the RV for our first cup of coffee, laughing and relating stories. I took some candid shots with my always present camera hoping to catch honest portraits of the relaxed faces surrounding me. Like a family we have times of conflict and aggravation. Some of us move what others think too fast, someone else thinks to slow or not enough. Tense times make each one of us want to take someone the throat or maybe fantasize rolling that other someone over with a variety of vehicles we haul around. But last night and this morning all contention has melted away. We have no timetable today, no packing gear to move to a different location. Just like someone’s most endearing quality that can become an aggravation, the exact mission to keep moving in a finite time, becomes the sandpaper rubbing on tired, strung out nerves and emotions.
I have to say though, in All of it, deep down, I am extremely happy to be participating in this personal journey in a public way. It is like the land, that invites us to come, the mountains looking so accessible and then getting close we realize the obstacles.
I have experience the mountains of bare, broken rocks, sliding under my feet as I try to make progress. I have experienced the harsh heat beating down with sweat pouring down my back. I have experienced the large ledge of rock that gives shade , heavenly for a few moments. I have experienced the mountain that appears as green flannel from a distance only to begin walking finding rocks embedded in the topsoil that twist and turn my ankles taking double the energy to go the distance, multiplied by the altitude. I have experienced climbing the mountain on horseback, a different energy used, feeling the straining muscles beneath me, with slipping hooves on hard rock and sliding loose dirt. Each has been a different challenge.
The mountain top vistas and views in between are always worth it. The contrasts are great. Magnificence seems a small word to label it. I am so grateful to be a part of this adventure, more convinced than ever that I will not be the same person when I finish. I am not the same as when I started 3 weeks ago. I like that. An evolution in Life.
for Wednesday, August 14
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
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Sunday, December 8
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Tuesday, December 3
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Monday, November 25
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Sunday, November 10
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Sunday, November 3
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Friday, October 18
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Wednesday, October 9
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Saturday, September 28
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Friday, September 27
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Thursday, September 26
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Wednesday, September 25
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Tuesday, September 24
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Tuesday, September 24
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Monday, September 23
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Friday, September 20
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Thursday, September 19
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Wednesday, September 18
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Tuesday, September 17
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Monday, September 16
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Sunday, September 15
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Sunday, September 15
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Friday, September 13
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Wednesday, September 11
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Memorial Day
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Tuesday, September 10
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Special Day
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Monday, September 9
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How We Connect
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Sunday, September 8
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Saturday, September 7
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Friday, September 6
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Tuesday, September 3
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Monday, September 2
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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
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Passion and Information
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Sunday, August 25
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" Listen to All"
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Saturday, August 24
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Trees, more or less?
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Friday, August 23
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Dirt and Treasure and Sharing
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Thursday, August 22
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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
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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
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A Different Look At Burned Areas
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Saturday, August 10
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Take a Leap
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Friday, August 9
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Delightful Things
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Thursday, August 8
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Not a Buggy Ride
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Wednesday, August 7
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Ready for "hosses"
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Wednesday, August 7
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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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