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Team: North
Michelle Williams
Friday, September 13
Only fifteen days left. Crazy how time flies.

It is Friday the 13th here in Jackson, Wyoming. We have a full camp today, with several VIP (and wonderful) visitors, Rob back from New York, and the rest of the trekkers in a day early. The trekkers completed what was supposed to be a three-day backpack trip in two days, which will tell you a little something about them. Breakfast this morning was rowdier than usual, with fifteen people competing for omelettes and coffee and prime spots to sit and eat. Everyone was discussing the day- would we hike? take the tram up the mountain? go to town? Or how about all of the above? By 10 AM, nine of us were in our Honda Pilots, driving to Teton Village to ride the tram up 4,000 feet to an elevation of 10,400. It was spectacular, and also a little scary. Every time the tram crossed one of it's supports, the whole thing swayed a little, and everyone sort of cooed until it righted itself. But the views were worth it, and there was a topographic map that named each river, wilderness area, peak, and town that stretched out before us. The tram operators were entertaining, if only to me in my constant study of people. There were five or six of them, young twenty-something men with shaggy hair and mountain-man clothes, patiently watching the parade of people tramming up and down their mountain, talking under their breath about where they would ski this winter. One of them, my favorite, was working on a crossword puzzle as he waited for the next tram.

After lots of photos and a little hiking, some of us climbed back on the tram, while the rest of the group started the 7-mile hike down. I had to decline. My knees much prefer to hike up. On the ride down, our operator said, "So, I don't have a little speech for you, and there is no recording or anything, but I've got some great music (the Rolling Stones) and if you have any questions, I'll be happy to answer them for you. Otherwise, hang out, enjoy the ride, and thanks for coming." My kind of guide. I occupied myself by scanning the mountain for wildlife and talking with the two little girls riding next to me.

After the tram, Cheryl and I hit the Teton Village Gym for some much-needed weight-lifting, and then went to town for bagels and chocolate. (We deserved it, right?) And now we are back at camp, where Ken Chapman is busily cooking us dinner.

These last few days have been really mellow, almost civilized, and I think I really needed that. Wednesday was a little rough. I guess what I really needed was more to do, more to occupy myself, and since the trek team was gone and we had already scrubbed everything a few days before, there was just too much free time. And, frankly, too much media, too many reminders, too much of what had already been done and said. For me. Finally, I left camp by myself and took a drive around the mountains, privately grieving, quietly remembering, and thinking good thoughts for the next year. That night, I lay in my tent and waited for date on my watch to switch from 9/11 to 9/12. And then I could finally sleep.

I feel like what we need to do is look forward. We need to keep helping those who need it, those who emotionally or financially or in any way are still struggling because of what happened a year ago. But we also need to look forward, be aware, be learned about the choices our leaders are going to make on our behalf. In the same way that we have a voice in what happens to public lands, we have a voice in what happens to the the public world. I intend to use that voice in the year ahead, more than I ever have before.
for Friday, September 13
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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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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Friday, September 13
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Tuesday, September 10
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Sunday, September 8
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Saturday, September 7
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Thursday, September 5
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Wednesday, September 4
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Sunday, September 1
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Saturday, August 31
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Thursday, August 29
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Wednesday, August 28
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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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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
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Saturday, August 17
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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
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Tuesday, August 13
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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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