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Team: North
Michelle Williams
Monday, September 16
Jammie Pants and a Wood Cabin
Yesterday after the adoption, Kevin, our National Geographic videographer, took us into the Grand Teton National Park to do some final interviews. He left today, after being with us for three weeks, and he wanted to get tape of us reflecting on the last forty-some days. He chose a spot out in the woods, near Climberís Ranch, with the Grand Teton peak directly behind us. It was warm, breezy, sunny, and gorgeous, and as we waited for our turn we looked at the rocks (rose quartz, pyrite, mica) and stretched in the sun. We have a new person on our support team, a woman named Kimberly who has already become very dear to me. She was the photographer who was with the trekkers when they horse-packed with Mel, and we all fell so in love with her that we asked her to join us for the last two weeks. Her company is welcome and sweet, and among many things we share a love of yoga. She is actually a certified teacher, and as soon as we have a free hour we are going to practice together- lucky me. So that day, we thought we would have some time to do yoga while everyone else was interviewing, but the ground was too rocky. However, the only clothes I brought with me to the forest were my makeshift yoga clothes: a sport top and my jammie pants, which just happen to be bright blue, tie-dyed, raggedly cutoff pajamas. So my National Geographic final interview shows me sitting on a huge downed tree, barefoot, in a borrowed American Frontiers T-shirt and ridiculous pajama pants, not having bathed in days, with the glorious Teton Range rising majestically out of the forest behind me. Iím hoping the mountains will be more distracting than the pants.

This morning, we finally left Jackson Hole and took a several-hour drive into the Bridger-Teton National Forest. We stopped for a picnic lunch on the Snake River, which weíd been following almost the whole way. There were two fly fishermen wading through the water, and all of us couldnít believe how beautiful the day was. Warm enough for tank tops, sandals, and lying in the sun. Some of the guys were skipping rocks, and I remembered that just before I left, two of my brothers and I sat by a swimming hole in Hillsdale, NY and I had to sit idly by while they skipped rocks across the smooth water. So I asked Kimberly to teach me how to skip. Ten minutes later, all of us were standing on the shore, skimming rock after rock across the river. I learned that itís all in the wrist and the spin, as well as the size and shape of the rock. I got one to skip four times! And Bob Ashley found a sweet little snake near the riverís edge. It was a great lunch.

We continued on, finally reaching Scaler Cabin, where we are staying tonight. Itís a forest service cabin that is rented to the public, but few people know about it. It is really neat- three bunkbeds, a real shower and toilet, a full kitchen and the prettiest view out of every window. Right now, everyone else is out by the fire, but I needed some solace (and some writing time). Only three of us chose to sleep indoors. The bunk bed called me inside, just so I could wake up and look directly out the high windows. We have an early morning tomorrow, getting the trekkers off by 7:30 to start the paddle down the Green River. Iím really excited about this leg of the trip because every day, several of the support team get to paddle as well. We donít know yet who is going tomorrow, but it just might be me.

Iím off to bed, surrounded by four wooden walls, warm and happy.

for Monday, September 16
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: North
Michelle Williams
No rest for the wicked-- Michelle Williams spends a day at the office, typing up journal entries for the trekkers

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Thursday, September 19
Michelle Williams
Back on the Green River
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Tuesday, September 17
Michelle Williams
Two Days In A Canoe
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Monday, September 16
Michelle Williams
Jammie Pants and a Wood Cabin
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Saturday, September 14
Michelle Williams
Wild Horses!
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Friday, September 13
Michelle Williams
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Tuesday, September 10
Michelle Williams
Reflections, September 10, 2002
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Sunday, September 8
Michelle Williams
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Saturday, September 7
Michelle Williams
Saturday Night Near Jackson Hole
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Thursday, September 5
Michelle Williams
Yellowstone
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Wednesday, September 4
Michelle Williams
Is it Wednesday?
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Sunday, September 1
Michelle Williams
Fall In Idaho
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Saturday, August 31
Michelle Williams
Saturday Morning, Day 32
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Thursday, August 29
Michelle Williams
Hump Day
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Wednesday, August 28
Michelle Williams
A Ghost Town, A Dug-out Canoe, A Birthday and A Compound Fracture
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Monday, August 26
Michelle Williams
Oh, Happy Day
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Sunday, August 25
Michelle Williams
Sunday, August 25th
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Saturday, August 24
Michelle Williams
A Better Day Already
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Friday, August 23
Michelle Williams
A Challenging Day
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Wednesday, August 21
Michelle Williams
Wednesday, August 21
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Tuesday, August 20
Michelle Williams
Tuesday, August 20
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Monday, August 19
Michelle Williams
Monday, August 19
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Sunday, August 18
Michelle Williams
Easy Like...
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Saturday, August 17
Michelle Williams
More on Saturday, August 17th
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Saturday, August 17
Michelle Williams
Saturday, August 17th
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Thursday, August 15
Michelle Williams
Thursday, August 15th
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Wednesday, August 14
Michelle Williams
My Top Ten List
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Tuesday, August 13
Michelle Williams
Freezing and Fires
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Monday, August 12
Michelle Williams
Explore the River
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Saturday, August 10
Michelle Williams
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Friday, August 9
Michelle Williams
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Thursday, August 8
Michelle Williams
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