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 The Trek: The Journals

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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Friday, September 13
I Love This Land
I Love this Land!!!
Mountains of red and buff and caramel,
Gigantic sand dunes frozen in motion
Swirls and stacks, layer upon layer
Built and rebuilt through countless years
Scrambling across and over rocks and boulders
My hearts sings with happiness.
Toeholds and handholds
Up, up, up, down, down, down
Stretching, reaching carefully over sandstone, sand and stone.
Not always the easy way,
But always the fun way.
I love this land,
Really love this land.
When I look out across this land
My heart swells with appreciation, admiration.
Deep in the canyon
Red soft pudding mud
Sculpted by the rivulets of yesterday’s rain
I can’t resist the urge and so I give in
I touch the supple dirt pudding
Bringing it up, covering one cheek, then the other.
I smile, it feels cool
I am in touch with the land
It is in touch with me.
We go on
The creek, turbidity filled
Cloudy, invites us in
I exchange heavy closed hiking boots for
Light, toes free, water able sandals.
Back pack changed to “head pack”
As the water rises above waist level
I laugh, giggle unrestrained with enchantment
Eddies tickle toes, feet, legs.
Carefully placed footsteps slip and slide
on rocks, boulders, sand, gravel mixture bottom.
Julie and Richard forging ahead.
Jan on ledge taking pictures
To forever freeze this moment of sky, water, earth,
Us, the invading humans on paper, in color to forever remember.
Too soon the stream adventure is over.
We climb, horsetails a floor mat on slippery banks
Laid flat from previous hard rains, flash floods.
Mud, squishy between stalks.
Back onto the waves of sandstone,
Looking to me like dinosaur skin,
A gigantic…. no, too small,
Tremendous…. no, too small
Enormous…..no…oh, you know what I mean
A sleeping dinosaur to crawl over, explore.
An afternoon thunderstorm, blue-gray clouds
Thunder rumbles over head, but only
A few sprinkles,
Cloud shadows keep us cool, thankfully
More scrambling, some walking,
Small puddles and ponds stir in the breeze.
Moqui balls, iron from the sandstone, rounded
From countless, countless years of wind, weather and water
Line up in the waves of crevices
By the thousands as if ready for someone
To play their own game of mini-billiards.
Mysterious sights, samples wanted
They would not be here
if others had taken them to lay on shelves to collect dust
Our public lands, preserve conserve for the future
For the legacy.

Down, down, down,
We walk in waist deep lavender miniature daisy cousins,
Golden centers brilliant against the sand colored ground layer.
Others like fairy wings
Barely there.
Pines, sage, bright healthy green grasses.
I love this land.
for Friday, September 13
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
A new look for the teachers lounge: Cathy K gets suited up to go riding the dual-sport motorcycles.
Cathy is a Homebound Teacher for students in grades Kindergarten through 12,...
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List of All Journal Entries
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Sunday, January 5
Catherine Kiffe
Public lands in Mississippi
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Sunday, December 8
Catherine Kiffe
More Students Ask Questions
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Tuesday, December 3
Catherine Kiffe
Student's Letter
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Monday, November 25
Catherine Kiffe
Gifts from Long Ago
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Sunday, November 10
Catherine Kiffe
Gray and Beautiful
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Sunday, November 3
Catherine Kiffe
Using the Pictures
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Friday, October 18
Catherine Kiffe
Rush, rush, rush
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Wednesday, October 9
Catherine Kiffe
Home Again
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Saturday, September 28
Catherine Kiffe
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Friday, September 27
Catherine Kiffe
Together Again
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Thursday, September 26
Catherine Kiffe
Packing Up
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Wednesday, September 25
Catherine Kiffe
Across Strawberry Reservoir
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Tuesday, September 24
Catherine Kiffe
The Last Hike
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Tuesday, September 24
Catherine Kiffe
A Visit with Dinosaurs (or what’s left!)
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Monday, September 23
Catherine Kiffe
Accident
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Friday, September 20
Catherine Kiffe
Another Glorious Day on the trail.
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Thursday, September 19
Catherine Kiffe
Roundtable---a place to learn
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Wednesday, September 18
Catherine Kiffe
A thrilling ride!
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Tuesday, September 17
Catherine Kiffe
Fishlake National Forest
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Monday, September 16
Catherine Kiffe
Come for a 4 Wheel Drive
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Sunday, September 15
Catherine Kiffe
Swirls
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Sunday, September 15
Catherine Kiffe
Invasive Weeds
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Friday, September 13
Catherine Kiffe
I Love This Land
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Wednesday, September 11
Catherine Kiffe
Memorial Day
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Tuesday, September 10
Catherine Kiffe
Special Day
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Monday, September 9
Catherine Kiffe
How We Connect
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Sunday, September 8
Catherine Kiffe
A Visit with Bill then hee,hee, hee
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Saturday, September 7
Catherine Kiffe
Wilderness Explained
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Friday, September 6
Catherine Kiffe
A River Ride and Dam View
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Tuesday, September 3
Catherine Kiffe
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Monday, September 2
Catherine Kiffe
Headlamps
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Sunday, September 1
Catherine Kiffe
What's Roaring?
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Saturday, August 31
Catherine Kiffe
The River
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Friday, August 30
Catherine Kiffe
Beginning the Walk Down
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Tuesday, August 27
Catherine Kiffe
Watch that Step
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Monday, August 26
Catherine Kiffe
Passion and Information
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Sunday, August 25
Catherine Kiffe
" Listen to All"
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Saturday, August 24
Catherine Kiffe
Trees, more or less?
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Friday, August 23
Catherine Kiffe
Dirt and Treasure and Sharing
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Thursday, August 22
Catherine Kiffe
Be ready to change
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Wednesday, August 21
Catherine Kiffe
Biscuits
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Wednesday, August 21
Catherine Kiffe
Another Short Day
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Tuesday, August 20
Catherine Kiffe
A Short Day
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Monday, August 19
Catherine Kiffe
Questions
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Monday, August 19
Catherine Kiffe
A Great Day
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Saturday, August 17
Catherine Kiffe
A Scorched Land
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Friday, August 16
Catherine Kiffe
What? 30 miles??? Yes!
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Thursday, August 15
Catherine Kiffe
I Like It!
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Wednesday, August 14
Catherine Kiffe
Life changing
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Tuesday, August 13
Catherine Kiffe
Day "off"
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Tuesday, August 13
Catherine Kiffe
Step Back In Time
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Monday, August 12
Catherine Kiffe
Take A Deep Breath
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Monday, August 12
Catherine Kiffe
A Little Bit of Water
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Sunday, August 11
Catherine Kiffe
A Different Look At Burned Areas
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Saturday, August 10
Catherine Kiffe
Take a Leap
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Friday, August 9
Catherine Kiffe
Delightful Things
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Thursday, August 8
Catherine Kiffe
Not a Buggy Ride
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Wednesday, August 7
Catherine Kiffe
Ready for "hosses"
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Wednesday, August 7
Catherine Kiffe
Roundtable
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Tuesday, August 6
Catherine Kiffe
"Bag a Peak" and Fight with a Bush!
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Sunday, August 4
Catherine Kiffe
Busy, busy!
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Friday, August 2
Catherine Kiffe
Third Day of the Trek
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Wednesday, July 31
Catherine Kiffe
4 Wheeling
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Tuesday, July 30
Catherine Kiffe
Kickoff Events in DC
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Tuesday, July 23
Catherine Kiffe
First day...
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Wednesday, May 1
Catherine Kiffe
Public lands in Mississippi
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Wednesday, December 31
Catherine Kiffe
More Student Questions
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Wednesday, December 31
Catherine Kiffe
Gray and Beautiful
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