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Team: North
Cheryl Fusco
Friday, September 13
September 10 - 13

The trekkers are out on an overnight back packing trip through the Gros Venture. Two of our support team members, Bob and Stephen have joined them. Bob Ashley, our education outreach coordinator is out doing a program at a couple of local schools. Rob, the New York City fireman who lost his brother on 9/11 has gone back to NY to attend the memorial services. There are four of us left at camp and it is a little bit lonely without the others. We miss them and it seems as though this could be a little taste of what it will be like when this is over. Weíve been together 24/7 for these past 6 weeks and through so many experiences, itís no wonder we are having separation anxiety. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rob and his family and so many others during this anniversary. We are out of the media loop of coverage so we donít get the sensory overload going on outside, but we are reminded because of our friend and teammate. Like everyone else we struggle to comprehend the tragedy, even a year later, much less know how to acknowledge the anniversary. Our EMT Michelle is from New York also and has been a bit uneasy about this coming 9/11. She has asked us to observe a moment of silence and everyone will respect her request. We fly our flag at every camp and say ďTapsĒ (yes, there are words - I didnít know that before) when we break camp. We all take time to call our families and in our own way acknowledge our emotions.

Michelle, Stephen, Bob and I take a hike in Teton National Park on the Taggart and Bradley Lake trail. It is a moderate uphill 7-mile hike around two of the most beautiful lakes in the park. Emerald-Teal green waters, still and clear. We see deer and bear and a spectacular view of the Grand Tetons. It is a sunny day with no rain in sight. Perfect picture-taking opportunities.

The next day, the trekkers have arrived back in camp. We also have special visitors for the next few days. Program Directors, Lisa Madsen, Ken Chapman, and Debbie Payton, Media Coordinator, are staying with us. They get to visit with the trekkers and support team to get a taste of our life on the trail. We also have another guest, Dave Mensing, our Project Leader, his wife Trisha is visiting. Dave has been with this project since the beginning, the last two and a half years, so, it was nice to have his wife come out and not only show her support for him but for us as well. She has as much ownership in the project as any of us.

We all went for a tram ride at the Jackson Hole ski resort - we had spectacular vistas and clear views of the Tetons and Jackson. We were up over 10,000 feet. There was a trail about 7 miles about 3 hours uphill. Some of us rode the tram up and hiked down.

While we are in the midst of civilization, I joined local gym on a temporary membership. The hiking has been fun but a little variation in workouts is hard to come by outdoors. It also has become time for a little solace - my teammates are great but a little ďaloneĒ time is to be savored. Itís cheap enough and I think Iíll get a sports massage - ahhhhhhhhh

Lisa cooked dinner last night; Lemon Chicken, and Ken cooked tonight: smothered pork chops with scalloped potatoes and ice cream for dessert! We had a chance to relax and be treated.
for Friday, September 13
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Team: North
Cheryl Fusco
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