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Team: North
Cheryl Fusco
Monday, September 9
September 7-9

We are staying at the KOA in Teton village. Its nice to have showers and laundry available for a little while - my clothes were starting to walk on their own - no joke- I donít dare take my hiking boots off in company! The boots by the way have been great, theyíre Merrills - Iíve hiked miles and miles and no blisters, no soreness - just a little funky - but hey, Iíll take stinky feet over hurting feet any day.

Into Jackson: Every now and again we rub up against civilization. Usually itís some little quaint town or even a mid-sized city but Jackson is altogether something different! Itís sensory overload! The boutiques, galleries, bars, cafes, jewelry stores, leather and fur shops, coffee shops, souvenir traps! I want a cowgirl hat, I want some buckskin pants, I want a belt buckle as big as my head, and I want turquoise and silver jewelry, so much stuff! Truly this is disposable income territory - the day I drop $3,000 for a pair of cowboy boots, youíll hear about it - you will be able to tell by my screams as they come to take me away. This is my own impression of course, but this place just seems so overly gentrified and manufactured. Even the Kmart and Taco Bell have ďwestern facadesĒ. It is indeed ďbear baitĒ for tourist and I can understand free enterprise and trying to create a sense of place, but consider my point of reference: Iíve been living in a tent and wearing the same clothes for days on end and going days without a shower. BUT, and itís a big BUT, I have been so happy! Yes, I can live without the GAP! Who knows how Iíll be when I return home - I know I can live with less, live minimally, but how long will that last? Of course Iíll take more showers but how can I apply a simple living philosophy that Iíve learned two months out here? We shall see.



The Grand Tetons!! They are truly majestic. We have a few special programs to attend today, courtesy of USGS, Park Service, Fire Service, and Forest Service. We had a tour of a burn through area a fire prevention maintenance area, partly on the grounds of the Murie home site. The Oolaus and Mardie are the considered the pioneers of conservation in the area. They were a couple dedicated to the preservation of this wonderful park beginning in the 1927. They raised a family in the park and wrote numerous books including the Murie Guide to Animal Tracks. Oolaus has passed on but Mardie Murie recently celebrated her 100th birthday and up until her mid-nineties still welcomed visitors to the home site. She still lives in one of the cabins on site with a caretaker. Again, another example of dedication and a lifeís work devoted to conservation for future generations.

We took a short hike through an area that was burned through in the Alder fire of September 1999. It was an interesting lesson is fire behavior, considering the fire starting just on the tree line of the Tetons and wasnít expected to go much further and would just burn out. However, there were high winds usually not seen until later in the fall, and the wooded area near the lodge caught fire. But this was a great example on fire containment, the fire service built a fire line and wet down some burn piles that had been created and stopped the fire. Only natural rehab has been done, remember fire is good and part of the natural cycle of the forest and the healthy new seedlings prove that.
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