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Team: North
Robert Carlo
Tuesday, September 3
Welcome to Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming
I always figured the day after Labor Day as the beginning of the fall season. Summer is over, and a new cycle begins.

Robin Jenkins, a ranger with the Targhee National Forest, guided us to the border of Yellowstone National Park today. About 2 hours of 4X4 and maybe a mile of off-trail bushwack and up a short, steep incline and his job was completed. Dave and Paul joined us for this section and Stephen will join us for the overnight backpack into Yellowstone.
Iíve been wanting to see this park ever since Yogi Bear made it known to me. Maybe Yogi and Boo-Boo will visit us for a bit.

We crossed from Idaho into Wyoming today over an invisible boundary, no signs, no indication at all. Our hike into Summit Lake from the park boundary was about 8 miles. This was the first day in a while since we carried full packs and I felt it. Not so bad at first, but after a couple of hours itís a relief to take them off.

We hike through large sections of the park that were burned in 1988. Mile after mile, we saw what was left by the fires. A lot of the pines are still standing but completely weathered like driftwood. New trees are growing all around. Not much color other than blue sky, new green trees, and the gray standing driftwood. Occasionally we would see some wildflowers and the yellow and purple would look so bright and vivid against the revitalizing backrounds.

Finally, our destination of Summit Lake was had. Four hours of backpacking from the park boundary, plus the couple of hours within the forest, about six and a half total.

Now I sit on the leeward side of the lake. There is a steady wind blowing in my face. The sun is facing me, so I must be facing west. Iím down at the lakeís edge, about 60 feet from my tent. Everyone is doing their own thing, napping, writing, or just relaxing. We donít get much time to do ďnothingĒ but enjoy our surroundings. Itís a real treat to sit here and watch the sun grow closer to my horizon, or should I say, our horizon? I thought we would have run into some other folks today, especially here at Summit Lake. The only other sounds are the occasional bird, the wind whistling through the standing dead trees, and the lake splashing on itís shores. Once again, words canít describe my scene, but I wish you all could see it.










for Tuesday, September 3
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Biographical
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Team: North
Robert Carlo
me and GLACIER  on a break
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Tuesday, September 3
Robert Carlo
Welcome to Yellowstone National Park and Wyoming
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Monday, September 2
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Labor Day
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Sunday, September 1
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SPRING CREEK TO BLAIR LAKE
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Sunday, September 1
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Campfire Friendships
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Saturday, August 31
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Backpacking Without the Backpacks.
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Friday, August 30
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Thursday, August 29
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Tuesday, August 27
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Birthday
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Sunday, August 25
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I want my ATV!
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Saturday, August 24
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Friday, August 23
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Monday, August 19
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Sunday, August 18
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Saturday, August 17
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Thursday, August 15
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Wednesday, August 14
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Tuesday, August 13
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Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex
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Sunday, August 11
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Friday, August 9
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Let's go fishin'
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Sunday, August 4
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Be careful what you ask for
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Friday, August 2
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Ptarmigan Trail
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Friday, August 2
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Wednesday, July 31
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Monday, July 22
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