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Team: South
Kay Gandy
Monday, September 9
Rainbow Bridge and Orange Beach
At 8:30 I drove to Lake Powell School. It is a K-12 school with approximately 56 students and six teachers. It think it must be very much like a one-room school. The administrator welcomed me and guided me to a stage where a large banner hung proclaiming: “Welcome National Geographic.” Joan came soon after and we diligently tried to get the PowerPoint working. Of course it didn’t, so my backup plan was to talk about public lands and the Trek. I did so about 20 minutes, then Joan tried a different computer with the LCD projector. That worked, so I did get to show pictures of the Trek to the students. I gave each student an inflatable globe from NGS and a book of essays about public lands (provided by PLIA). I gave each teacher an American Frontiers t-shirt and pin. Cathy also sent Smokey the Bear pins from the Forest Service. Joan sent with me tattoos that she had designed and Junior Ranger badges for each southern team member.
Meanwhile, back at the marina, Jake and Jessica took quick lessons on how to operate a motorboat. Armed with a map of Lake Powell, we set off on the two-hour, fifty mile journey to meet the Trekkers at Rainbow Bridge. The motorboat ride more than made up for the long drive yesterday. Sheer canyon walls rose on either side of the boat. The orange sandstone was bleached white about ten feet from the waterline. We had heard that the waterline in Lake Powell is receding about two inches per day.
Rainbow Bridge is a sacred Native American site. The sandstone arch as many legends associated with it. One legend tells of a small boy herding sheep through the canyon. A flash flood came hurling through the canyon. A rainbow came down out of the sky and hardened into rock so the boy would have a safe bridge out of the canyon.
We get to spend the next three nights on the houseboat. Here’s a description of our evening. After a delicious supper of chicken and gravy (cooked by Cathy) I sat on the top deck and watched the sunset and the moonrise. Jan, Jake, Julie, and Richard went swimming in the moonlit lake. We are anchored at a beach of orange sand. Five other houseboats are anchored in sight. One group of visitors are shooting fireworks, another group has tikki lights on the beach. Someone put on a Jimmy Buffet CD, so I danced on the top deck to “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” After awhile I came down and listened to stories told by our captain, Steve Ward, about all the movies that have been filmed at Lake Powell. His favorite movie filmed here is Maverick. We had brownies and ice cream for dessert. I think I’m going to gain back all the weight I’ve lost on this Trek.
for Monday, September 9
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Biographical
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Team: South
Kay Gandy
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Friday, October 25
Kay Gandy
Back in the Real World
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Saturday, September 28
Kay Gandy
Public Lands Day
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Friday, September 27
Kay Gandy
Team Joining
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Thursday, September 26
Kay Gandy
The End Is Near
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Wednesday, September 25
Kay Gandy
Tree Hugs And Salmon
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Tuesday, September 24
Kay Gandy
Dinosaurs
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Saturday, September 21
Kay Gandy
The South Team
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Thursday, September 19
Kay Gandy
ATV Haven
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Wednesday, September 18
Kay Gandy
SNOW
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Tuesday, September 17
Kay Gandy
The River Crossing
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Monday, September 16
Kay Gandy
Mountains out of Molehills
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Sunday, September 15
Kay Gandy
Solitude
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Saturday, September 14
Kay Gandy
The Free Day
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Friday, September 13
Kay Gandy
Waterfalls
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Thursday, September 12
Kay Gandy
Back in the Routine
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Wednesday, September 11
Kay Gandy
Remembering America
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Tuesday, September 10
Kay Gandy
Planet of the Apes
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Monday, September 9
Kay Gandy
Rainbow Bridge and Orange Beach
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Saturday, September 7
Kay Gandy
Paria Plateau
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Friday, September 6
Kay Gandy
Rivers and Lakes and Rainbows
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Thursday, September 5
Kay Gandy
The Wave
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Wednesday, September 4
Kay Gandy
The Condors
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Tuesday, September 3
Kay Gandy
Trekking with the Trekkers
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Monday, September 2
Kay Gandy
The Mule Ride
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Sunday, September 1
Kay Gandy
The Grand Canyon Lodge
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Saturday, August 31
Kay Gandy
The 14 mile Hike
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Friday, August 30
Kay Gandy
The School Program
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Thursday, August 29
Kay Gandy
Half-way Party
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Wednesday, August 28
Kay Gandy
Lost Glasses
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Tuesday, August 27
Kay Gandy
The Arizona Trail
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Monday, August 26
Kay Gandy
Sunrise at the Canyon
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Sunday, August 25
Kay Gandy
Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater
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Saturday, August 24
Kay Gandy
Disappointments
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Friday, August 23
Kay Gandy
Eldon Pueblo
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Thursday, August 22
Kay Gandy
Outback Steaks
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Wednesday, August 21
Kay Gandy
Flagstaff
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Tuesday, August 20
Kay Gandy
Dancing in the Moonlight
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Sunday, August 18
Kay Gandy
Woods Canyon
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Saturday, August 17
Kay Gandy
Peach Pancakes
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Friday, August 16
Kay Gandy
Ballad of the Southern Trekkers
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Thursday, August 15
Kay Gandy
Graduation Day
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Wednesday, August 14
Kay Gandy
Quiet Day
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Tuesday, August 13
Kay Gandy
The ATV Ride
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Monday, August 12
Kay Gandy
At the Motel
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Sunday, August 11
Kay Gandy
Waiting for the Trekkers
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Saturday, August 10
Kay Gandy
The Cat Walk
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Friday, August 9
Kay Gandy
The Support Team
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Friday, August 9
Kay Gandy
The Long Drive
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Friday, August 9
Kay Gandy
The Long Drive
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Thursday, August 8
Kay Gandy
The Ballad of the Trekkers
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Wednesday, August 7
Kay Gandy
Round Table Discussion
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Tuesday, August 6
Kay Gandy
The Last Hike
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Monday, August 5
Kay Gandy
The Nose Rings
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Sunday, August 4
Kay Gandy
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
Kay Gandy
Horse Canyon
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Wednesday, July 31
Kay Gandy
The Trek Begins
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Wednesday, July 31
Kay Gandy
What was the highlight of your first day on the Trek? (responses from the Southern team)
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