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Team: South
Kay Gandy
Saturday, September 14
The Free Day
The original plan for this part of the Trek was to do a three-day backpacking trip covering 10 miles. But of course we have the Super trek Team, able to leap tall buildings with a single bound, and they did the 10 miles in one day. Since we had no scheduled program for today we actually had a free day. So the first thing we did was head to town for laundry and showers. I don’t even blink and eye at paying $4.00 for a shower now. Then we went back to the Escalante Interagency Office to shop at the 50% off book sale. Julie headed straight to a telephone to call her boys. I think she’s worse than me at always checking for cell phone service. The most fun of the morning was lunch at Cowboy Blues Restaurant in Escalante. They have the best burgers I’ve ever tasted. We all had burgers and beer (I had root beer). Richard’s burger had bacon and polish sausage on it. I had spicy cheese fries that burned my throat all the way down. Richard bought a t-shirt with the restaurant logo on it and paid for everyone’s lunch. We stopped at the grocery store next. Whenever I visit a new place I always like to explore their grocery stores, particularly in a foreign country. We bought steaks and soft drinks and discussed having a campfire in the evening. Last night it was so cold I didn’t want to get out of my sleeping bag this morning. We made a short visit to a gallery and gifts store. We found out that everybody in this small town already knew about us. Earlier in the day some fifth grade girls stopped by our campsite to pet Ron’s dogs. Cathy and I talked to them about the Trek and gave them books and globes. Later in town their teacher tracked us down to ask for books and globes for the rest of her class. She had taken her six girl students hiking this weekend, and was planning on taking the six boys next weekend. What a great idea, and a good way to get to know your students. There’s another neat place in Escalante that’s a coffee shop/deli/outfitter/Internet café. We had latte and pastries while waiting for the laundry to finish. Back at camp I read about an hour, then decided to walk to the waterfall again. This time I took my time and took a trail guide. In my training with NGS I learned to use the OSAE method on field trips (Observe, Speculate, Analyze, Evaluate). So even when I took my first graders on field trips, they each carried a clipboard with questions to answer. So today I observed a deer, , and the pictographs painted on the cliff walls. I walked on orange, then white sand which mirrored the rock walls towering above me. Jake, then Jessica, then Jan jogged past me. They were all running the trail today. Jake swam in the icy cold water under the falls. I met Cathy coming back and we leisurely strolled back chipmunk, squirrel, lots of birds, at least 25 different plants discussing plans for future hikes and stopping occasionally to admire the purple flowers or the unusual rock shapes. We all arrived back just in time for steaks, baked potatoes, and Rice Krispy treats. What a great day.
for Saturday, September 14
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Kay Gandy
Kay Gandy linedancing.

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List of All Journal Entries
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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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