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Team: North
Michelle Williams
Sunday, September 1
Fall In Idaho
Last night I was so warm I fell asleep on top of my mummy bag. This morning, I woke to find myself curled deep within the bag, having burrowed inside while I was sleeping to escape the frosty cold. We are at Buffalo Creek Campground, in the Targhee National Forest, in the city of Island Park, in the beautiful state of Idaho. The day before, Cheryl and I were on provision duty and so spent the entire day in a car, running around the city of Idaho Falls. We had 13 loads of laundry to do, food provisioning, equipment provisioning, and four or five separate errands to do for our team. And we also had to find showers, as it was day 5 since we last bathed. It was a long, long day, from 10 AM to 10 PM. When we finally pulled into camp, after following a flagged trail in the dark, we were greeted with a warm dinner and worried smiles. We were a few hours later than expected, but we had accomplished most of what we had set out to do.

Today is another beautiful day, and there are many folks here in Island Park to meet and chat with and spread the good word about public lands. We got here early enough to find showers (two days in a row!!!) and to get dinner before the sun set. There is a lodge nearby, with the showers and laundry, a store and a cafť, and while I was sitting at the cafť reading I met a local named John who was here with his buddies to motorbike the nearby trails. When talking to the locals about their lands, I notice a few things: first of all, some of them seem to take the lands for granted, having grown up using them. They certainly want to preserve them and keep enjoying them but they canít imagine life without them. Secondly, some are also not very concerned with the idea of protective gear. Every day we see people on ATVs and motorbikes with no helmets. Yesterday I saw a father with his daughter on the back of his ATV, both with short sleeves and shorts and no helmets. I have to resist the urge to chase him down and explain exactly what could happen to him and his little girl. I have to respect their choices. Some people think Iím nuts for thinking Iím safe in the East Village of New York City. I guess itís the devil you know that counts.

When I talked with John the motorbiker, he said he ďusuallyĒ wears his helmet, and he also said that he would like all of the trails in the area opened up to his form of recreation. This was a different opinion than that of the mountain biking married couple I met the next day. Cheryl and I were hiking the Targhee Creek Trail when we ran into this lovely couple who were happy to ditch their bikes when the terrain got too rough for wheels. They seemed just as pleased to be hiking as riding. They were from the area, but said that they didnít come out to enjoy the lands nearly as often as they should, that they needed to be reminded of what was literally in their backyard. And that, folks, is why we are here. The four of us swapped great hiking stories and decided to go back and hit the trails that we had missed.

The Targhee trail was beautiful, and unlike any country that we had yet hiked. Rather than dense forests or sheer mountain walls, we were hiking through meadows, up grassy hills, across creeks and beneath roomy pines. This was not a crowded wood. And fall has come to Idaho- rather than the verdant greens and bright colors of Glacier, we hiked through fields of rusts and yellows. We searched for any flowers that might be holding on to summer, but all we found were a few hardy patches of daisies and asters and one lone clump of lupin, low to the ground but holding on strong. We also saw a cricket that had an abdomen the length of a finger- I kid you not. It looked like a space insect, or from his armor, one from the middle ages. We also saw about a billion grasshoppers, enough to think we were in the middle of a plague, several butterflies and one caterpillar, black with orange stripes. Other than a few hawks overhead, those were the only wild creatures we saw all day. Oh, and a lone hiker, wearing khaki pants, loafers, a preppy sweater tied Ďround his neck, and a gallon jug of orange juice in his hand. Now THAT was wild.

Tonight we have a program here at camp, given by our illustrious teacher Bob Ashley. These are a great opportunity to spread the word, and often result in a lively debate when we open up the program for questions. Iím looking forward to it, and to the fabulous salad I have planned for dinner. Itís the little things. And I have to say, Idaho has much more to offer the world than potatoes. It shames me how little I knew about this beautiful state before the last couple of days. I suppose even I am an indirect product of this area, as my mom was born here. Hey, mom, why donít you come visit your birth state? It would be fun! We wonít make you wash dishes!
for Sunday, September 1
North South Both




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Team: North
Michelle Williams
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Wednesday, August 14
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Tuesday, August 13
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