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Team: South
Jacob MacLeod
Sunday, August 18
I Got It!!
You know how you can know something forever, or you think you do, then suddenly, for no reason, it all really comes together and you REALLY get it? Well today, I got it.

Jessica and I were driving the trekkers and moving the cars around to meet them when they had to walk around private land. It was another hot, dry cloudless day in Arizona, and we were traveling on dirt roads across BLM land. There were a surprising number of roads seemingly in the middle of nowhere. The land was covered with parched grasses, the occasional Prickly Pear on the baking hilltops, and juniper in the valleys between.

I was in the following vehicle, and waited at a Y with Julie and Richard while Jan checked the roads ahead in the CRV. We had been driving for quite some time, twenty miles or so, since the last paved road. I let Julie and Richard listen to music and sit in the Honda Pilot as I wandered outside looking for wildlife as I am wont to do. As I was looking around, I suddenly realized: ďThis is public land! Anyone can come here and camp, explore, sit and be alone, anything they want!Ē My next thought was, ďSo why isnít anyone else here, or a hundred other people??Ē Of course itís because people just donít know how easy it is to find secluded places in this country. Sure, it wasnít the most scenic place in the US, but Iíd love to go back there, or to any of the other 400,000,000 acres or so that no one knows about. It seems really silly that it took me this long to really get it, but Iím glad now that I comprehend to a greater degree the vastness and accessibility of our public land, and I hope that by reading this, YOU do too.



for Sunday, August 18
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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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