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Team: North
Cheryl Fusco
Thursday, September 5
September 3-5

Yellowstone!! Our country’s first National Park. Entering Yellowstone, you are first confronted with the remains and of the 1988 fire, but amid the damage there is new growth of pine and aspen and the wildlife is in few view - trumpeting elk, bears, coyote, deer, buffalo, birds and wildflowers.

Great personal news! My husband Bo came to visit. He rode his motorcycle from Alaska! He is on his way to California to work in a winery and was able to swing by for a while. After riding over 3000 miles, his bike had a chain come loose and he was forced to stay in Dillon, Montana for repairs about 150 miles from our campsite! He hitched a ride to Emmit about 60 miles closer. I went to meet him there and bring him back to our campground. He really enjoyed meeting everyone. I think he was a little concerned about how I was really doing - he’s been is group situations before where the dynamics have been a little weird - but he immediately saw how well everyone got along and how we care and look out for each other and was more than assured that I was having a great time. The whole team was excited to meet him and he regaled them with his adventure on the bike. They were happy for me also to get to see him. He got to stay overnight and hung out with us for the day. It just so happened that Charlie needed to pickup some tires in Bozeman, Montana, so he was able to give Bo a ride back to Dillon to pick up his bike. Although it was a short visit, it was so good to see him and he will meet us again when we end the journey in Utah just a few weeks away. It has been tough being away from family, but Bo is my biggest supporter. Before I even applied for this trek, just even thinking about it, he was the one that said, “Do it, Honey”!! His encouragement and happiness for me for being a part of something like this makes it worthwhile.

We have moved on to the Gros Ventre (pronounced “Gra Vant”, French translation - “big wind”) campground. It has been raining non-stop for two days (there have been drought conditions for three years this is the most rain fallen in three months). We set up camp, our kitchen and equipment trailer. We have these great canopies given to us by one of our sponsors, National Geographic. They are made of heavy duty canvas and metal retractable poles and are easy to set up and take down. They cover an area about 12x12 and we usually put three to five of them together. They are yellow with big bold graphics featuring logos of National Geo, American Frontiers and the Public Lands Interpretive Association. They are real attention-getters, especially when we set up in developed campsites or the KOA - especially with kids.

I have been fighting a cold for the past, believe it or not, seven days. It’s just a little harder to recover with all the dampness. But generally, I’m in good health and feel great, especially with all the hiking. With the trekkers gone on an over night hike with one of our support staff and two others gone, our support staff is a team of five including our new tech person, Dave from Salt Lake. He will be providing maps, maintaining the satellite and providing internet service. He’s done all that and more by quickly becoming a great team member. They are volunteers like us that just wanted to participate in this amazing adventure. We will be leaving the camp tomorrow to head on to Jackson. Saw a beautiful, I swear, chocolate-colored Bull Moose in camp this morning just grazing through the willows.
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Team: North
Cheryl Fusco
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