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Team: South
Kay Gandy
Monday, September 16
Mountains out of Molehills
I made up a joke. Did you know Paul Simon wrote a song about hoodoos? “Who do, who do you think you’re fooling?” Hoodoos are formations that look like people standing. We’ve seen some amazing ones along the Trek. I got to be a driver for the Trekkers today. We followed the burr Trail for about 30 miles. The Trekkers had to walk around a section of private land so we dropped them off and headed to the pickup point. Jessica was the second driver. She talked me into climbing a very steep bluff. I was quite frightened several times because the rock would break off wherever I put my hands and feet. Jessica instructed me just to use the rock as support, not to pull myself up with it. We made it to the top and took pictures of ourselves to prove it. Of course I had more cuts to prove it. I wasn’t going back down the same way, so we found an easier way down the back of the bluff. We finally made it back to the cars, took a drink of water, and the Trekkers showed up. Perfect timing. I showed everyone my cuts and talked about the mountain I had climbed. Jan laughed and said, “Well I won’t say you make mountains out of molehills, but you do make mountains out of low hills.” Part of the road was a deep washout and at first Jessica and I weren’t sure we could make it. But the Honda 4WD crossed with no trouble. The next walkaround, we drove to what we thought was the pickup point, climbed another steep bluff, and waited what we deemed was an appropriate time. When the trekkers didn’t show, I decided to look for them. I followed another dirt road a bit, but turned around when it forked. If I had gotten out of the car I would have heard Jan yelling at me to stop. Fortunately we spotted them coming up the road. Alls well that ends well.
Our new campground is great. It’s called Fruita, maybe because of all the fruit trees around. We have covered picnic tables, a large lawn of grass, pear trees, and rock mountains as borders. I ate a pear, and it was sweet, soft, and delicious. It started raining around 6:00, so I wasn’t sure if the program would still be on at 8:00. Cindy Michelli and I have corresponded about this presentation since before the trek began. James Heller, a park ranger at Capitol Reef, came to eat with us. He mentioned that in the two years he has worked here that they have never had to cancel a program. Sure enough the skies cleared. James and I walked through the campsites and invited folks to come. We decided against using the computer and LCD projector in case of further rain. So the South Team lined up on the stage and we talked to the 18 audience members about our journey. The rapport was great, and they asked lots of questions. One woman asked could we make trails of our journey that others might walk our same path. One man said that he didn’t want the public coming out to public lands because of the fragile environment. James had spent a lot of time talking to us about his feelings about public lands. Protection and preservation seem to be the key words of the day. I guess that mirrors our message of respect and responsibility. There’s a few bad apples in every barrel-someone who can cause public lands to be closed to everyone. I’ve seen people on ATVs riding circles in mudholes, beer cans on top of mountains, and garbage dumped into lakes. One day there won’t be any clean public lands for future generations to enjoy.
for Monday, September 16
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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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