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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Tuesday, August 27
Watch that Step
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 Watch that Step
Today was checkerboard day. That means that the public lands that we were to walk are not in a straight line or large condensed area. Remember when playing checkers the first color is diagonal to the second color and in order to move the players must stay on the their own color. In public lands history land was given to the railroad to encourage movement west. Land was divided into segments and every other piece was given to private land owners and the other to the railroad in checkerboard style. For us to stay true to our mission it was important that we carefully step across the corners to stay on public lands. Jan had the GPS (Global Position System) unit in hand to tell us which direction to go because we were walking cross country, no roads, paths or trails. With the accuracy of this technology we were able to locate the stakes used by USGS to mark the corners. We would then stand in a line, one in back of the other, to step over the invisible corner. So went our day, for 10 miles, up and down some small knolls, but mostly over very flat land covered in juniper, pinion and dry scruffy grasses.

Wednesday, August 28, 2002 Another Day of Mountain Biking
Today the scheduled mode of travel for the trekkers was riding mountain bikes on the Arizona Trail. I started out with great excitement because I had been so successful on the Rim Road 30 mile ride. Then, I had a bit of queasy feeling when at the beginning of the trail I pushed my bike through dirt colored talcum powder and rocks on an upgrade. I managed to ride about 6 miles with lots of encouragement from Steve Anderson, a founding father of the Arizona Trail Association. Jan, Richard, Julie and Jake were well on their way, all experienced at mountain biking.
I realized through this experience, once again. that the levels of athletic ability can be accommodated on public lands. This is a trail that lights the eyes of those that long for challenge, to accomplish the difficult. There are beautiful vistas along the way and a keen sense of accomplishment on completion as testified by Jan, Richard, Julie and Jake.
Time grows short for my time on the computer now. I will fill in later with information on The Arizona Trail and the great supper and program. Meanwhile look up
AZtrail.org. for extensive information on a very interesting trail and further view how volunteers can clearly make a difference on public lands.

for Tuesday, August 27
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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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Public lands in Mississippi
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Sunday, December 8
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More Students Ask Questions
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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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Gray and Beautiful
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Sunday, November 3
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Using the Pictures
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Friday, October 18
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Rush, rush, rush
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Wednesday, October 9
Catherine Kiffe
Home Again
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Saturday, September 28
Catherine Kiffe
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Friday, September 27
Catherine Kiffe
Together Again
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Thursday, September 26
Catherine Kiffe
Packing Up
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Wednesday, September 25
Catherine Kiffe
Across Strawberry Reservoir
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Tuesday, September 24
Catherine Kiffe
The Last Hike
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Tuesday, September 24
Catherine Kiffe
A Visit with Dinosaurs (or what’s left!)
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Monday, September 23
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Accident
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Friday, September 20
Catherine Kiffe
Another Glorious Day on the trail.
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Thursday, September 19
Catherine Kiffe
Roundtable---a place to learn
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Wednesday, September 18
Catherine Kiffe
A thrilling ride!
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Tuesday, September 17
Catherine Kiffe
Fishlake National Forest
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Monday, September 16
Catherine Kiffe
Come for a 4 Wheel Drive
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Sunday, September 15
Catherine Kiffe
Swirls
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Sunday, September 15
Catherine Kiffe
Invasive Weeds
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Friday, September 13
Catherine Kiffe
I Love This Land
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Wednesday, September 11
Catherine Kiffe
Memorial Day
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Tuesday, September 10
Catherine Kiffe
Special Day
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Monday, September 9
Catherine Kiffe
How We Connect
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Sunday, September 8
Catherine Kiffe
A Visit with Bill then hee,hee, hee
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Saturday, September 7
Catherine Kiffe
Wilderness Explained
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Friday, September 6
Catherine Kiffe
A River Ride and Dam View
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Tuesday, September 3
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Monday, September 2
Catherine Kiffe
Headlamps
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Sunday, September 1
Catherine Kiffe
What's Roaring?
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Saturday, August 31
Catherine Kiffe
The River
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Friday, August 30
Catherine Kiffe
Beginning the Walk Down
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Tuesday, August 27
Catherine Kiffe
Watch that Step
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Monday, August 26
Catherine Kiffe
Passion and Information
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Sunday, August 25
Catherine Kiffe
" Listen to All"
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Saturday, August 24
Catherine Kiffe
Trees, more or less?
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Friday, August 23
Catherine Kiffe
Dirt and Treasure and Sharing
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Thursday, August 22
Catherine Kiffe
Be ready to change
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Wednesday, August 21
Catherine Kiffe
Biscuits
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Wednesday, August 21
Catherine Kiffe
Another Short Day
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Tuesday, August 20
Catherine Kiffe
A Short Day
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Monday, August 19
Catherine Kiffe
Questions
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Monday, August 19
Catherine Kiffe
A Great Day
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Saturday, August 17
Catherine Kiffe
A Scorched Land
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Friday, August 16
Catherine Kiffe
What? 30 miles??? Yes!
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Thursday, August 15
Catherine Kiffe
I Like It!
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Wednesday, August 14
Catherine Kiffe
Life changing
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Tuesday, August 13
Catherine Kiffe
Day "off"
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Tuesday, August 13
Catherine Kiffe
Step Back In Time
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Monday, August 12
Catherine Kiffe
Take A Deep Breath
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Monday, August 12
Catherine Kiffe
A Little Bit of Water
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Sunday, August 11
Catherine Kiffe
A Different Look At Burned Areas
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Saturday, August 10
Catherine Kiffe
Take a Leap
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Friday, August 9
Catherine Kiffe
Delightful Things
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Thursday, August 8
Catherine Kiffe
Not a Buggy Ride
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Wednesday, August 7
Catherine Kiffe
Ready for "hosses"
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Wednesday, August 7
Catherine Kiffe
Roundtable
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Tuesday, August 6
Catherine Kiffe
"Bag a Peak" and Fight with a Bush!
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Sunday, August 4
Catherine Kiffe
Busy, busy!
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Friday, August 2
Catherine Kiffe
Third Day of the Trek
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Wednesday, July 31
Catherine Kiffe
4 Wheeling
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Tuesday, July 30
Catherine Kiffe
Kickoff Events in DC
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Tuesday, July 23
Catherine Kiffe
First day...
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Wednesday, May 1
Catherine Kiffe
Public lands in Mississippi
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Wednesday, December 31
Catherine Kiffe
More Student Questions
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Wednesday, December 31
Catherine Kiffe
Gray and Beautiful
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