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Team: North
Cheryl Fusco
Tuesday, August 20
Cheryl's entry
Yes its me with a way overdue journal entry. Well I do know its August 20, 2002 and quite a bit has happened since the last update. Still in Montana but getting ever so much closer to the southern part of the state before we head into Jackson, WY and Yellowstone. Yesterday I went on a hike along part of the Continental Divide Trail (CDT) after a mile and a half up hill we came upon what looked like an old forest service survey cabin. It was long since abandoned and just had the imprint really of actually being some sort of camp. Old pieces of pottery, boxes that once contained canned goods,
Scraps of metal from an old wood stove. There were “bearing” trees and “witness” trees with markers indicating dates of surveys. No survey caps or corner marks though. I saw signs of bear and deer but no critter sightings today but a few wildflowers, mostly lupine.

We just left the little burg of Mullen and headed into Bernice and are at the Whitehouse campsite in the Deer Lodge National Forest about an hour south of Helena and 20 miles outside of Boulder. We got our first big storm today but it was short and blew over quickly and got a rainbow as a bonus. We have been really lucky with the weather so far and our camp sites have be great. Even the “undeveloped” ones - no restrooms or garbage containment - we have to pack everything out. It’s getting easier to put up my tent and I’ve chosen a nice flat spot by the creek.

I got an opportunity today to speak with a reporter from the local press. She is staying with us for the night to get a feel of how we travel and manage the trek. Even after all this time and meeting media quite often (We even had media training back in Utah) there is still the enthusiasm, with a little nervousness thrown in, when answering questions - especially the “Big One” - “So, why are you doing this?” Even though we’ve answered it a thousand times in a thousand different ways, the replies still manage to come out fresh! We try hard to keep track of the press clippings along the way but most of the time we’ve long gone before the article comes out. Luckily most of these newspapers are on line so we can go back and read the articles. We still get questions from the public just by being out and wearing our t-shirts. We had a treat of pizza in town today and Bob; our educational outreach coordinator was approached by a teacher and made some good contacts to visit some local schools. Hey, I talked to a lady in line at the Wal-Mart who wanted to know all about the trek. This has been very positive with the public.

I’ve mentioned missing my family and friends, but I miss my dog too! Timber or “Lord Timberwolf “ if he had papers. Quick story - we had the TV on one night and just happened to tune into the Westminster Dog show and got a kick out of some of the names of these purebred dogs. With names like, “Polly, Her Mistress’ Confidant,” or “Woodrow, His Majesty’s Protector”. Well, our dog was sitting there looking just as proud and majestic as any of those hounds, so we decided to re-christen him with the name “Lord Timberwolf, Alpha Male of the Chugach Mountain Range.” He would just love it out here! Just acres and acres of, well, timber. Wide open spaces with trails that would take him to next creation to cover. My Dad and my Sister back in Maryland are dog sitting and I’m sure he’s getting spoiled to no end.

Well, it’s starting to rain and I can’t get the laptop wet so I’ll sign off here for now and will come back soon. Oh, before I forget, thanks and thanks again for your e-mails, they really mean a lot to me. Even though we can’t get to read them and reply right away, just knowing we’ve received them and they’re waiting for us, gives us something to look forward to during the day.
for Tuesday, August 20
North South Both




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