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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Friday, August 30
Beginning the Walk Down
Friday, August 30, 2002 Beginning the Walk Down
It is about 7:30 p.m. I am sitting with my legs in my sleeping bag on a rock ledge at the Red Wall on the Tanner Trail in the Grand Canyon. There are a zillion stars beginning to shine. The temperature is perfect, just slightly cool. I can hear crickets chirping but everything else is quiet.
This has been quite a day. We started with a presentation to a sixth grade class from Mesa at the Park Service Station at about nine. We showed the power point presentation on the trek and then answered questions from the students in the class. After, Ranger Russell talked to the class about fire in the park using the students to demonstrate the activity of the animals in the trees. As always I learned too from the facts presented in a fun and engaging way.
Before we left we interacted with the students, getting to know their names and asking about their interests. I talked to Josephina and learned that she likes to write, especially poetry. I asked her to write a poem for me using the information that she learned today. I also challenged the class to write a short story or poem entitled "Because It's Ours", relating their feelings about Public Lands. Class, I am expecting to hear from you later online and I look forward to reading some very creative pieces incorporating fire information.
I would also like to hear from schools back in my hometown that are following online as well as any other schools that would like to participate.
After talking to the class we met with several of the Park Rangers to clue us in on the famous Tanner Trail. I sat quietly and my heart was in my throat, the trail had no water and is considered "expert". They encouraged only experienced hikers to attempt the trail. Jan, Richard, Jessica, Jake, Wayne and I returned to camp to pack meager packs with only the most essential items, the most important being water which weighs about 8 lbs. per gallon. We each needed at least two gallons for the trek down. Being strong and willing, Jan and Jake packed 5 gallon water containers to supplement water bottles and camel backs. I was very thankful because just my sleeping bag, an extra shirt and shorts and my contact lens supplies seemed heavy enough for me.
We started down the Tanner Trail about 4:30 knowing we had about 4 miles to cover before dark where we would camp. It was steep and rocky and just amazing as we turned corners and were constantly surprised by magnificent views, clear in the early evening light. Supper was zip lock bagged spaghetti, cold because we hadn't brought the weight of butane stoves. Not bad when the view is so enveloping.
So we slept in sleeping bags on smooth rocks, excited to be where we were that moment.


for Friday, August 30
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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.
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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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Sunday, November 10
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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
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Home Again
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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
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
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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
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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
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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
Catherine Kiffe
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
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
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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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