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Team: North
Stephen Braunlich
Friday, August 23
Today the trekkers opened a new section of trail on the Continental Divide Trail (CDT), and I came to the realization that I am reading scattered pages from a book. Having said this, let me explain the statement. In the great novel of America’s public lands, each place has its own story - its own chapter. As a member of the support team, I have been unable to break out of the campsites in each of these areas. I cannot experience the land. Thus I am only reading pages (the campsites) of the chapters which make up the book. Because these pages are scattered in chapters through out the book, I am not reading the cohesive story of America’s public lands. Needless to say, this epiphany greatly saddened me, and devalued the trip to some extent.
Thus I plead to all of you out there who read this. Do not ever try to take in many of our public lands at a time. Rather, go to one area on your vacation. Select a National Forest or Park, or BLM land, and spend your time there. Come to know the area and read the entire chapter. You will come to better understand it and appreciate it.
Having said my message for today, I will offer my only observation of the area surrounding our camp. We are camped on the edge of a grassy, sage brushed field in an area that has been used and abused many times before. People have trashed the site, as is evidenced by the many shotgun shells, broken beer bottles, and cigarette stubs. However, if one hikes to the top of a nearby hill mountains rise in the distance, and forest covers the areas that have not been clearcut. It was here that I watched the steel blue rainclouds in the distance. The sheets of rain fell on distance mountains. I am told this is called virga. Through it all though, one could see in the distance a burning ember in the sky. Through all the rain, the sun still shone through as it set.
Perhaps this can serve as a metaphor for the trip, perhaps I will have the sun shine through the rain on this journey… or perhaps not. Only time will tell.
for Friday, August 23
North South Both




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