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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Sunday, September 1
What's Roaring?
Sunday, September 1, 2002 What's Roaring?
In that time before sleep and wakefulness I wondered why the air conditioner was so loud----no, I wondered by I was sleeping by the ocean------- OH NO, I remember now, I am sleeping by the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon!! We had slid onto a beach the evening before and unloaded all our gear to make our beds on the sand. I must say the "bedroom" and "bathroom" views have been spectacular. We dined on rock and sand chairs within feet of the beautiful water. I opened my eyes now to glimpse a sliver of moon in the starlit sky, amazed again how bright the moon and stars can be when there are no city lights for competition. I am sitting in my sleeping bag on the sand watching the morning activities begin. The canyon walls begin to take shape. All the visions are a personally spiritual experience that I will embrace all of my life.

We spent the morning again on the river, screaming in laughter through rapids and enjoying the quiet parts. Before we left I sat on a large boulder settled in ankle deep water not far from the shore. It was a special moment to feel the earth around me, sense the timelessness of water and sky high, high above. I love these sweet moments. I make a promise to myself to try to catch more of them. Just like in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, even adventures can be a little wearing when we don't take time apart for ourselves, to connect, be renewed and be refreshed. The land offers it, if we just stop and listen and learn.

Just as I have experienced different views of the land, I was able to experience different places on the raft to get other perspectives. The front where the water was dumped right in our laps, the back where we stayed drier and could hear J.P., the captain's funny stories and interesting facts about the river, and the "baloney pony" pontoon on the side where I kicked and laughed like a kid with Jessica and Jake. It is so much fun being like a kid again, experiencing life with new eyes.
. We thanked Meg and J.P for the wonderful food, enjoying the fact that they could fix gourmet meals from a raft on a beach and departed the raft at Phantom Ranch to spend the day investigating and learning about the area. It was easy to find our campsite. It included a stone "cave like" area, just in case it rained, and plain dirt because it hadn't rained in a very long time.
At the canteen we found people relaxing, playing games like checkers and chess. Listening closely we could hear languages from all over the world. Even with the beautiful scenery it is nice to get out of the heat and enjoy the fans and drink a cool lemonade -----with ICE, a real luxury!

Evening
Jessica and I are sitting on the rocks close to the edge of the creek near our camp in the campgrounds. About 100 bats are flitting back and forth over the water scooping up insects for their evening meal. Half an hour ago we saw two mule deer feeding on the grass on the opposite bank of the creek, only about 10 yards away. Earlier I saw a silver fox drinking from the creek about 5 yards away. The evening light is fading; it softens the harsh, rigid ness of the surrounding cliffs. The water tumbles over the rocks in a soft rushing sound---soothing, cleansing. I don't want the day to leave, yes; leave like a person having invited us to participate in the many surprises it had to offer.
The air is finally cooling after the heat of the day baking both us and the land. We will go to sleep soon after sunset - no trouble sleeping, we are all exhausted and we have an early morning 3:15 a.m.
During the night we had a couple of surprise visits, one from a ring-tailed cat sniffing around Julie and a scorpion that danced around Jan and went to visit Wayne who decided sleeping on a picnic bench would be more to his liking. We had hidden our food in the metal containers provided by the Park Service. The food campers bring in can make animals sick and keep them from seeking the natural food. I read a poster that told of 21 deer having to be destroyed because they were starving to death after eating plastic in the camp grounds. It makes me realize how we are the visitors in their habitats.
Jessica woke us and said it was funny because everyone jumped when touched as if ready for an animal attack.

for Sunday, September 1
North South Both




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.
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Friday, October 18
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Wednesday, October 9
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Saturday, September 28
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Friday, September 27
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Thursday, September 26
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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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Friday, September 20
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Thursday, September 19
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Wednesday, September 18
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Tuesday, September 17
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Monday, September 16
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Sunday, September 15
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Sunday, September 15
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Invasive Weeds
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Friday, September 13
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Wednesday, September 11
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Tuesday, September 10
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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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Saturday, September 7
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Friday, September 6
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Tuesday, September 3
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Monday, September 2
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Sunday, September 1
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Saturday, August 31
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Friday, August 30
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Tuesday, August 27
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Watch that Step
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Monday, August 26
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Sunday, August 25
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" Listen to All"
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Saturday, August 24
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Friday, August 23
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Thursday, August 22
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Be ready to change
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Wednesday, August 21
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Wednesday, August 21
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Another Short Day
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Tuesday, August 20
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Monday, August 19
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Monday, August 19
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Saturday, August 17
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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
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I Like It!
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Wednesday, August 14
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Life changing
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Tuesday, August 13
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Day "off"
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Tuesday, August 13
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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
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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
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Not a Buggy Ride
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Wednesday, August 7
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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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Sunday, August 4
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Friday, August 2
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Wednesday, July 31
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Tuesday, July 30
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Tuesday, July 23
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Wednesday, May 1
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Wednesday, December 31
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Wednesday, December 31
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