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Team: South
Kay Gandy
Sunday, September 15
Solitude
Jacob caught a brown trout last night and fried it for breakfast this morning. I think each of us at one time or another have said how much we admire Jacob and how mature he is for age 19. He is so dedicated to keeping the environment clean. In fact, whatever job he is given, he is totally dedicated to it.
The Fearsome Four (Cathy, Julie, Richard, and me) made another getaway today. Our first stop was the Cowboy Blues for another fabulous burger. Jan and Bob joined us this time, as they were in town doing laundry. The four of us traveled to Death Box Hollow, a canyon about seven miles from Escalante. We walked along the river until we found a spot with sun and shade, water and rocks. Julie lay by the river and slept. Richard hiked further along the trail. Cathy went the opposite way, and I climbed up to look for what we call a good “butt rock.” A time of solitude was the game of the day. In the 25 years of my marriage it was the one thing I actually craved-a time of solitude. With a husband and two children, sometimes it was extremely difficult to find time to be alone. Sometimes I would take off from teaching school just to have some quiet time. Richard mentioned that he dreaded going back to the cacophony of New York and would miss the quietness. I think all of us will be shocked when we go back to civilization. We stopped in Escalante for quick showers before returning to camp. We all felt like delinquent children skipping school. Our days are usually so scheduled that it seems like truancy to go off and do what we want.
Dr. Geneva Chong met with us at 4:00 to talk about invasive plant species. She is another biologist with USGS. I can now recognize some of the plants along the trail: birch, cottonwood, juniper, rabbit brush, wild licorice, Russian olive, and sage. I put a small piece of sage in my journal so that whenever I smell it, I will remember my trek out West. Dr. Chong reiterated that education is the key to control of invasive species.
for Sunday, September 15
North South Both




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Team: South
Kay Gandy
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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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