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Team: North
Michelle Williams
Sunday, August 25
Sunday, August 25th
I had such a lovely hike today, and am so happy to be here with these people, and I also just ate a terrific apple. The place we went hiking was “Humbug” Spires, not “Humboldt” Spires. Bah. Five of the support team got to go out and play, and our hike was supposed to be to said Spires but we never quite got there. At least, Stephen and Paul and I didn’t; we missed the turnoff. Cheryl and Bob Ashley made it to the top, and came back describing the bears and badgers and moose families they encountered. They were lying, just trying to make us jealous, so I told them we saw a cheetah. Well, it could have happened, somewhere. But we all got to stretch our legs and work our lungs and breathe gorgeous mountain air, even if just for a few hours. Strange how that can change your mindset. At one point, Stephen and Paul were pretty far ahead, and Cheryl and Bob Ashley were behind, and for just a moment, I was alone again in a forest, hiking so fast I was panting. But I was still listening to the creek babble, still scanning the hills for wildlife, still holding out my palms to brush the tall, wild grasses that lined the path. I touched rose hips and sage brush and aspens and asters. And all was, and is, well with the world.

Tomorrow the trekkers get to ride ATVs, and do you know what that means? So does the support team! They have to be driven back to the starting point, because the trekkers have to get off the machines and hike for several miles. So, poor us, we have to hop on and ride them back… and since we were all certified to ride ATVs back in Utah, we get to play tomorrow.

I was thinking last night that I haven’t written about any medical issues, and after all, I am the medical person on this trek, the only one now that Ravi is gone. But we haven’t had any major medical problems, and there are two reasons for this: we have been careful, and we have been lucky. The main thing I worry about is not spreading contaminants. The thing that would really get us would be stomach problems as a result of bad food or dirty hands, so we keep a hot water washing station in camp at all times, and we all keep an eye on the food. I have quite a store of cold medicines and painkillers and antibacterial wipes and ointments but mostly I’ve only given out lotion and band-aids. I am prepared for anything from a scrape to a fracture to a severe allergic reaction, but so far I’ve mostly just given backrubs. Knock on wood.
for Sunday, August 25
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Biographical
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Team: North
Michelle Williams
No rest for the wicked-- Michelle Williams spends a day at the office, typing up journal entries for the trekkers

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Thursday, September 19
Michelle Williams
Back on the Green River
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Tuesday, September 17
Michelle Williams
Two Days In A Canoe
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Monday, September 16
Michelle Williams
Jammie Pants and a Wood Cabin
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Saturday, September 14
Michelle Williams
Wild Horses!
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Friday, September 13
Michelle Williams
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Tuesday, September 10
Michelle Williams
Reflections, September 10, 2002
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Sunday, September 8
Michelle Williams
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Saturday, September 7
Michelle Williams
Saturday Night Near Jackson Hole
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Thursday, September 5
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Yellowstone
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Wednesday, September 4
Michelle Williams
Is it Wednesday?
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Sunday, September 1
Michelle Williams
Fall In Idaho
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Saturday, August 31
Michelle Williams
Saturday Morning, Day 32
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Thursday, August 29
Michelle Williams
Hump Day
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Wednesday, August 28
Michelle Williams
A Ghost Town, A Dug-out Canoe, A Birthday and A Compound Fracture
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Monday, August 26
Michelle Williams
Oh, Happy Day
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Sunday, August 25
Michelle Williams
Sunday, August 25th
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Saturday, August 24
Michelle Williams
A Better Day Already
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Friday, August 23
Michelle Williams
A Challenging Day
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Wednesday, August 21
Michelle Williams
Wednesday, August 21
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Tuesday, August 20
Michelle Williams
Tuesday, August 20
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Monday, August 19
Michelle Williams
Monday, August 19
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Sunday, August 18
Michelle Williams
Easy Like...
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Saturday, August 17
Michelle Williams
More on Saturday, August 17th
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Saturday, August 17
Michelle Williams
Saturday, August 17th
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Thursday, August 15
Michelle Williams
Thursday, August 15th
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Wednesday, August 14
Michelle Williams
My Top Ten List
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Tuesday, August 13
Michelle Williams
Freezing and Fires
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Monday, August 12
Michelle Williams
Explore the River
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Saturday, August 10
Michelle Williams
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Friday, August 9
Michelle Williams
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Thursday, August 8
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