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Team: North
Robert Ashley
Monday, September 9
Monday, September 9. KOA Campground, Teton Valley.

The spectacular Teton Range juts emphatically from the broad, flat valley of Jackson Hole, thrust there some millions of years ago by a major block fault. At about the same time the valley floor dropped, and even now the valley continues to widen at the rate of approximately one foot per century. Glaciers a half-mile thick shaped the valley sides, and smaller alpine glaciers continue to carve the higher elevations. The dramatic view is enhanced by the stark contrast between mountains and valley and a local relief of nearly 7,000 feet (the highest peak is Grand Teton at 13,770 feet; the valley floor is approximately 7,000).
The landscape is yet another of those sights so very beautiful that a feeling of frustration fills me as I try to find a way to convey its essence. I take some comfort that I am not alone in my efforts; I believe the ďfeelingĒ of such grandeur must be experienced first-hand. Iím in awe, and Iíve developed a longing-maybe a craving-to share it with the people who are important to me. When I hear or repeat the catch phrase of wanting to preserve the public lands for my children, it is the picture of the Grand Tetons Iíll see in my mindís eye.
Little wonder so many people swarm to visit the area, both summer and winter, for all manner of outdoor sports and for just plain looking. Little wonder Jackson has experienced such growth and urban sprawl, its motels and restaurants and jewelry, sporting goods, and specialty shops proliferating to attract the eyes of tourists-particularly upscale visitors. There are plenty of them. Now that Labor Day has passed and people with children have returned home to start school, the visitors are more likely to be retired people.
Young or old, they share the feeling I feel when I look repeatedly at the row of magnificent peaks, some now with a dusting of snow, and snap yet another photograph. Wow.
for Monday, September 9
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: North
Robert Ashley
Bob Ashley poses with school children at the Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Heritage Exposition 2002
. Robert Ashley is a teacher from Illinois.
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Thursday, September 26
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Tuesday, September 24
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Saturday, September 21
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Friday, September 20
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Thursday, September 19
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Wednesday, September 18
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Kemmerer
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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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Wednesday, September 11
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Monday, September 9
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Saturday, September 7
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Wednesday, September 4
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Tuesday, September 3
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Sunday, September 1
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Friday, August 30
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Thursday, August 29
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Stoddard Creek (F.S.) campground
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Wednesday, August 28
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Sunday, August 25
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Friday, August 23
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Thursday, August 22
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Wednesday, August 21
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Tuesday, August 20
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Saturday, August 17
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Friday, August 16
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Meyer Hill
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Thursday, August 15
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Aspen Grove
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Wednesday, August 14
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Tuesday, August 13
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Monday, August 12
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Sunday, August 11
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Wednesday, August 7
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Wednesday, August 7
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Wednesday, August 7
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