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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Friday, August 23
Dirt and Treasure and Sharing
Friday, August 23. Dirt and Treasure and Sharing

Our new campsite is the KOA in Flagstaff. It is what I had envisioned along time ago and what I think many Americans think of as camping. Close quarters of RVs and tents, television dialog heard from many camp sites on the way to the restroom. It does have its merits, showers, bathrooms, laundry, and access to places to get provisions. We talked to several of the occupants. They seemed to be happy to be there. They were very curious about the adventure and we explained to them where we have been and where we were going. There reactions were surprise and envy. We gave inflatable globes (from the National Geographic Society) to the children; gifts always make things more memorable.

Along the trek special events are planned. At these events we are the audience for programs on various subjects. Today we visited the Elden Pueblo ruins in Flagstaff. This is a unique site in which the public is invited to be archeologists, to hold and use a trowel, following the precepts of historic preservation. It is children centered and schools throughout the area use it as an outdoor, hands on classroom. This site is known as the "Place to Come Together" historically. For today's interested guest it is a place to study the people of yesterday that came together in this place, in the pueblos that they built.
Emphasis is not on "what you find" but on "what you find out", to formulate questions and then look for the answers in this area. Example questions are:
" Why did this pit house turn into a community"
" What were the trade patterns and social structure?
" What evidence do we need to interpret the findings?

Jan, Jake and I dug in an assigned area with trowels, dumped our special dirt into a dust pan and then into a big bucket. After the bucket was half full we brought it over to the large sieve, about 3 feet by 4 feet with handles on the side. After dumping the contents onto the sieve we shook it until the fine dirt passed through, leaving rocks, pottery shards and small bits of wood. The pottery shards were only about inch and looked like pieces to a giant puzzle. Getting covered with dirt, digging, pouring and sifting we now know what it feels like to be an amateur archaeologist, to share the experience the students share at this terrific site. We didn't make a profound discovery but added anther perspective to the important use of our public lands.
After lunch, Kay, Jan and I visited Thomas Elementary School in Flagstaff. We were greeted by Mr. Ziegler, the principal of the year round school. His enthusiasm about the project was immediately evident. We discussed with Mr. Ziegler ways the website could be used across the curriculum in the classrooms. The students were excited and ready to discuss The Journey because they had been to the website.
Kay introduced the video distributed by Public Lands Interpretive Association and sponsored by National Geographic Society on the history of public lands. A PowerPoint presentation put together by Kay for the school events gave specific information on the mission of the Trek. After this Jan, Kay and I answered very intelligent and on point questions from the students. Some of their questions were:
" What are the dangers you face?
" When the trek team comes over the mountain after hiking, how do the ATVs get there?
" Why did each of you choose to go on this journey?
" What have we, as trekkers, learned so far on this journey?
" What wildlife have you seen?
" What happens if we get to Salt Lake before the northern team?



for Friday, August 23
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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Sunday, November 3
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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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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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Tuesday, September 24
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Tuesday, September 24
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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
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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
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Invasive Weeds
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Friday, September 13
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I Love This Land
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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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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
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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
Catherine Kiffe
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
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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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