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Team: North
Michelle Williams
Sunday, September 8
First things first: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!!!!

My dad turns 63 today. A hearty, happy birthday from the entire North Team. (Oh, and those phone card charges to all of your sons? Those are mine. Thanks for the investment, albeit unknowing, in the well-being of the medic of the Northern Trek Team [i.e. your little girl]. I will pay you back. As soon as I get a job.)

We're still here in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and today, the sun decided to kick out the clouds and warm up the support team. I am hoping it also warmed up the trekkers. We got a call late last night that the trail had disappeared and they were hiking by GPS and compass in the pouring rain. The support team immediately mobilized to find them by their coordinates and tell them exactly where they were. Our latest techie, Dave, also set up GPS waypoints for their entire hike today. It is now 6 PM, and we just got a call that they are about an hour out, so we are going to cook up a huge hot dinner to welcome them home.

The support team spent the morning washing cars and cleaning and re-organizing trailers. These are the seemingly menial tasks that actually keep everything glued together. But Cheryl and I still had some time to play, and we went to town to find some supplies and hopefully, some fun. We happened upon an artist's outdoor market filled with prints, soap, jewelry, hats, and goodies. We spent over an hour there, "window" shopping and talking with the local merchants. At one point we were chatting with a potter about our trek and several other merchants came over to hear about it. They were interested and excited and admitted their envy as they wished us well. One of the merchants we met was Liza Griggs, a Jackson Hole resident who makes her own delicious sauces and dressings, called Liza's Mountain Goods. She had a tasting bar set out and Cheryl and I had a hard time pulling ourselves away. But when we told her about American Frontiers, she was thrilled, and said she shared our passion for public lands. She then shoved two of her favorite dressings in our hands and said that they were a show of support for our journey. What a terrific gesture, what a neat woman.

The only other interesting thing I did today was call the airline that flew me to Utah to discuss changing my return ticket. This doesn't sound exciting yet, but there is more. As I was chatting with this very friendly reservations agent, she told me that she couldn't find my return flight. Very funny, I laughed, but when she checked the outbound flight, she informed me that I had booked my return flight home for AUGUST 5th instead of October 5th. Ha ha ha... what? I had booked the flight on the internet at 3 AM two days before I left for this trek and had somehow just totally messed it up. And, according to their policy, if you miss your flight and don't call beforehand, you- get this- give up the fare. You lose your money. In essence, you don't have a flight home. When she told me this, I literally threw my head back and laughed. So I'm adding to my pathetic list: no home, no car, no job and now, no flight home! Ah me, it only gets more and more romantic. But, for some reason, I'm not in the least worried. Things will work out-they always do. I think, however, it is not the right time for me to play the lottery.

But it is the right time to witness a Grand Teton sunset.
for Sunday, September 8
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: North
Michelle Williams
No rest for the wicked-- Michelle Williams spends a day at the office, typing up journal entries for the trekkers

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Thursday, September 19
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Back on the Green River
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Tuesday, September 17
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Two Days In A Canoe
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Monday, September 16
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Jammie Pants and a Wood Cabin
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Saturday, September 14
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Wild Horses!
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Friday, September 13
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Tuesday, September 10
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Reflections, September 10, 2002
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Sunday, September 8
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Saturday, September 7
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Saturday Night Near Jackson Hole
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Thursday, September 5
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Yellowstone
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Wednesday, September 4
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Is it Wednesday?
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Sunday, September 1
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Fall In Idaho
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Saturday, August 31
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Saturday Morning, Day 32
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Thursday, August 29
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Hump Day
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Wednesday, August 28
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A Ghost Town, A Dug-out Canoe, A Birthday and A Compound Fracture
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Monday, August 26
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Oh, Happy Day
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Sunday, August 25
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Sunday, August 25th
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Saturday, August 24
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A Better Day Already
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Friday, August 23
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A Challenging Day
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Wednesday, August 21
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Wednesday, August 21
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Tuesday, August 20
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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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Sunday, August 18
Michelle Williams
Easy Like...
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Saturday, August 17
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More on Saturday, August 17th
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Saturday, August 17
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Saturday, August 17th
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Thursday, August 15
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Thursday, August 15th
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Wednesday, August 14
Michelle Williams
My Top Ten List
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Tuesday, August 13
Michelle Williams
Freezing and Fires
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Monday, August 12
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Explore the River
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Saturday, August 10
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Friday, August 9
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Thursday, August 8
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