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Team: South
Jan Nesset
Saturday, September 14
Oh Rhythm My Rhythm
It's amazing how so-called days off can get busy. We turned three days of backpacking into one by dayhiking ten miles yesterday. So here we are, being "lazy," by splitting off and doing as we wish. This is the first of two such days. Many of the team drive to Escalante to do laundry and eat lunch in a "real" restaurant. Ron goes for a ride on his motorcycle. Bob and I get caught up in camp duties, namely emptying holding tanks and cleaning vehicles. Our tech trailer is up and running, and Marlene, our techie du jour, is gearing up to get busy with mapping. That means once I finish scooping out the gray water that has filled the shower basin, I'll be sitting with Marlene working on maps and GPS routes for the upcoming trek legs.
Hours pass by, and slow progress on the maps is our reward for slaving away in heat and pesky flies. But I don't really mind the work, just that I am missing out on play time. The absence of the others wears heavy on me because I know there's a lot of laughing and cajoling going on that I'm missing.
The day wears on and the other team members have trickled back into camp. It's 5:15 p.m. when Marlene and I finish our work on the map -- and I'm ancy. Up the canyon 3 miles from our campsite is Upper Falls, where many from the team has headed after arriving back from doing laundry.
Dinner preparations are just getting started -- it's gonna be a steak night! Before dinner I decide to a hike up the trail toward Upper Falls but plan to be back by 6 p.m., which is usually when dinner is ready.
Rather than hiking I decide to jog. Passing numbered posts positioned in places of natural and native history i.e. pictographs, I feel something coming on. I take off my T-shirt and tuck it flag-like in the back of my shorts. I'm going for Upper Falls! The sandy trail rolls up the canyon, mostly flat, but occasionally crossing shallow ravines and climbing the bottom of a ridge. I encounter Richard and Julie who encourage me on to keep my pace, saying I'm about halfway. Five minutes or so pass when I encounter Cathie and Kay, who point out a pictograph of three figures holding hands across the canyon. A woman hiker arrives to see Cathie pointing at the pictograph. Cathie says I have twice the distance to go. Huh?
The sandals on my feet have been loose, and by the time I notice the painful rubbing it is too late. I'll have sore spots, maybe open sores. I slow to a hop to cinch my sandals tight to my feet, and carry on.
Jake and I pass each other. He is also running, and a minute behind him is Jessica, also running. They'll likely make it in time for dinner, but if I keep going I'll be late. Should I turn around? Of course not, I keep going, now in a rhythm from which I'd rather not break.
Running, running, running -- two wild turkeys catch my attention to the right. Did the others see them as well?
Then, behold! from above a single pourover splashes into the pool below. A sandy beach borders the pool. I walk into the pool to my knees for a cooldown. I wash the sweat off my neck and face, and abruptly turn around to begin the second half of my run.
Running into camp at 6:25 p.m., Sam, our cook, has a steak waiting for me. The others are in the middle of the meal, and I am reminded that my schedule is flexible. I could have stuck around to be one of the first in line for dinner but I'd have missed out on one of my favorite things in the world to do: have a marvelous time matching the rhythm of the land to my rhythm. You gotta try it!
for Saturday, September 14
North South Both




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Team: South
Jan Nesset
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