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Team: South
Kay Gandy
Wednesday, September 4
The Condors

It’s great to start a day with an appetizing breakfast. Sam just has a way of making meals seem special. We had fresh peaches, grapes, and cantaloupes for an appetizer, then pancakes and ham. Jessica and I walked over to the Inn across from our campground and paid $4.00 to use one of the guest rooms to take a shower. They only allow you to use rooms that have recently been vacated. You must understand how desperate we get sometimes to feel clean.
The BLM, Forest Service, and Peregrine Foundation people who work with the Condor Reintroduction program spoke with us today. Mike Small, a BLM biologist, summarized the Endangered Species Act from 1973 (which is administered by U.S. Fish and Wildlife). Presently there are listed 388 endangered animal species, among which are the California condors. Chris Parish from the Peregrine Foundation gave us many interesting facts about condors: They are a long-living species (50 to 70 years) and lay one egg every other year (usually no nest, just somewhere in a cave). In the 1980s there were only about 22 condors in the wild. These were captured for the program, and now there are about 70 condors in the wild. There was a lot of opposition to this program in the beginning for a variety of reasons—distrust of the federal government, and worry over restriction of activities. Communication with community leaders and education of the public has contributed to the success of the program. Another factor contributing to the success is the cooperation of all the management agencies—US Fish and Wildlife, AZ Game and Fish, BLM, US Forest Service, US Park Service, and Peregrine Foundation. We drove out to the condor release site at House Rock Valley. Chris spoke more about the program as we searched the skies in vain for a glimpse of these three to four feet vultures. Ron saw one on the north rim of the canyon yesterday.
After the program I went with the trekkers to shuttle them from place to place. Today we parked the cars and the trekkers got out to walk a couple of miles around private land. I drove one car about a half mile up the road, walked back to get the other car, drove it up the road, and waited for the trekkers to finish. I did this three times. The trick is to figure out where they are going to come out. I’m pretty good at guessing the spot.
In the evening we walked down to the campground amphitheater to see a slide show about rock art. It’s amazing to see the petroglyphs (beat into rock) and pictographs (painted onto rock) that are nearby in Snake Gulch. I’ve heard about such things but never seen real ones. Some of the pictures resembled space aliens. The archaeologist was very adamant about not trying to decipher their meaning.
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Team: South
Kay Gandy
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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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Saturday, September 21
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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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Saturday, September 14
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Friday, September 13
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Thursday, September 12
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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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Saturday, September 7
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Friday, September 6
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Thursday, September 5
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Wednesday, September 4
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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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Thursday, August 29
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Wednesday, August 28
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Tuesday, August 27
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Monday, August 26
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Sunday, August 25
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Saturday, August 24
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Disappointments
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Friday, August 23
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Thursday, August 22
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Outback Steaks
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Wednesday, August 21
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Tuesday, August 20
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Dancing in the Moonlight
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Sunday, August 18
Kay Gandy
Woods Canyon
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Saturday, August 17
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Peach Pancakes
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Friday, August 16
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Ballad of the Southern Trekkers
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Thursday, August 15
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Graduation Day
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Wednesday, August 14
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Quiet Day
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Tuesday, August 13
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Monday, August 12
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At the Motel
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Sunday, August 11
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Saturday, August 10
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Friday, August 9
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The Support Team
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Friday, August 9
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Friday, August 9
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Thursday, August 8
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The Ballad of the Trekkers
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Wednesday, August 7
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Round Table Discussion
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Tuesday, August 6
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The Last Hike
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Monday, August 5
Kay Gandy
The Nose Rings
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Sunday, August 4
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The Backpacking Trip
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Saturday, August 3
Kay Gandy
Doing the Laundry
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Friday, August 2
Kay Gandy
Lake Valley School
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Thursday, August 1
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Horse Canyon
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Wednesday, July 31
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The Trek Begins
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Wednesday, July 31
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