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 The Trek: The Journals

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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
Monday, September 16
Come for a 4 Wheel Drive
Out the window
Dashing past,
The land,
Green polka-dotted with juniper and pinion
Hog’s Back, single two lane road with steep sides,
No guardrails
A nice slide of a hundred feet,
If looking makes one take an unscheduled turn.

Another page turns, says Jan
Green forested mountains greet us
Corrals, farm houses,
Sprinklers, green grass, tall trees interspersed

Sadly I let of
Of the buff and sandstone, sparely planted
But wait the sandstone is not completely vanished
After all.
At the next curve
It hugs the left side,
Gray, caramel streaks once again.
Reptile scale shapes in the buff hills
Buttresses, mesas, plateaus
Chunks, pieces, easily broken
Spewed, scattered on the road.
Holes in the sandstone looking like giant woodpeckers
Digging for rock insects.
Nature’s varnish , streaks of dark brown and black
Vertical stripes on the tall, enormous walls.
Down in the canyon
Sheer cliffs above
Tangled tree roots grabbing,
Holding rock parts, defying gravity.
Leaving Grand Staircase
Entering Capital Reef.
Arch suggestions marked in gigantic walls,
Pinnacles pasted together
Tall red chess like pieces, grand
A castle it could be.
Man’s fortresses could not rival the beauty.

Carved rock statue like pillars
Chiseled edges
Senses overwhelmed
By the power in the beauty.

Everyday I think we have seen everything, that there cannot be anything new. We turn a corner, mount a hill. Splendor continues.

Today we stay at the Fruita Campground. It is lush and green. Orchards of apples, peaches, pears and cherries fill the area. Jessica and I laugh and lay down on the real grass, first we’ve seen in a LONG time. We make “grass angels” and laugh some more. There are pear trees in our part of the campground. I eat one. Delicious. I notice a horse next to the fence. He looks longingly at my pear. Of course I share it. His two friends come over, beautiful healthy horses, silently begging. More pears. It is a good day.

We are joined at dinner by James, the park ranger. The talk is of public lands. The passion for the care of the park and others like shows in his eyes and his voice. It is a good time, here coming close to the end, to reaffirm the reason we are on this journey. He speaks of America’s evolution. From different issues that concern public lands are shared. Users groups and their agendas are compared
for Monday, September 16
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Catherine Kiffe
A new look for the teachers lounge: Cathy K gets suited up to go riding the dual-sport motorcycles.
Cathy is a Homebound Teacher for students in grades Kindergarten through 12,...
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List of All Journal Entries
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Sunday, January 5
Catherine Kiffe
Public lands in Mississippi
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Sunday, December 8
Catherine Kiffe
More Students Ask Questions
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Tuesday, December 3
Catherine Kiffe
Student's Letter
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Monday, November 25
Catherine Kiffe
Gifts from Long Ago
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Sunday, November 10
Catherine Kiffe
Gray and Beautiful
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Sunday, November 3
Catherine Kiffe
Using the Pictures
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Friday, October 18
Catherine Kiffe
Rush, rush, rush
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Wednesday, October 9
Catherine Kiffe
Home Again
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Saturday, September 28
Catherine Kiffe
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Friday, September 27
Catherine Kiffe
Together Again
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Thursday, September 26
Catherine Kiffe
Packing Up
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Wednesday, September 25
Catherine Kiffe
Across Strawberry Reservoir
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Tuesday, September 24
Catherine Kiffe
The Last Hike
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Tuesday, September 24
Catherine Kiffe
A Visit with Dinosaurs (or what’s left!)
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Monday, September 23
Catherine Kiffe
Accident
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Friday, September 20
Catherine Kiffe
Another Glorious Day on the trail.
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Thursday, September 19
Catherine Kiffe
Roundtable---a place to learn
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Wednesday, September 18
Catherine Kiffe
A thrilling ride!
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Tuesday, September 17
Catherine Kiffe
Fishlake National Forest
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Monday, September 16
Catherine Kiffe
Come for a 4 Wheel Drive
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Sunday, September 15
Catherine Kiffe
Swirls
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Sunday, September 15
Catherine Kiffe
Invasive Weeds
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Friday, September 13
Catherine Kiffe
I Love This Land
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Wednesday, September 11
Catherine Kiffe
Memorial Day
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Tuesday, September 10
Catherine Kiffe
Special Day
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Monday, September 9
Catherine Kiffe
How We Connect
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Sunday, September 8
Catherine Kiffe
A Visit with Bill then hee,hee, hee
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Saturday, September 7
Catherine Kiffe
Wilderness Explained
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Friday, September 6
Catherine Kiffe
A River Ride and Dam View
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Tuesday, September 3
Catherine Kiffe
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Monday, September 2
Catherine Kiffe
Headlamps
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Sunday, September 1
Catherine Kiffe
What's Roaring?
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Saturday, August 31
Catherine Kiffe
The River
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Friday, August 30
Catherine Kiffe
Beginning the Walk Down
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Tuesday, August 27
Catherine Kiffe
Watch that Step
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Monday, August 26
Catherine Kiffe
Passion and Information
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Sunday, August 25
Catherine Kiffe
" Listen to All"
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Saturday, August 24
Catherine Kiffe
Trees, more or less?
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Friday, August 23
Catherine Kiffe
Dirt and Treasure and Sharing
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Thursday, August 22
Catherine Kiffe
Be ready to change
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Wednesday, August 21
Catherine Kiffe
Biscuits
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Wednesday, August 21
Catherine Kiffe
Another Short Day
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Tuesday, August 20
Catherine Kiffe
A Short Day
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Monday, August 19
Catherine Kiffe
Questions
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Monday, August 19
Catherine Kiffe
A Great Day
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Saturday, August 17
Catherine Kiffe
A Scorched Land
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Friday, August 16
Catherine Kiffe
What? 30 miles??? Yes!
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Thursday, August 15
Catherine Kiffe
I Like It!
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Wednesday, August 14
Catherine Kiffe
Life changing
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Tuesday, August 13
Catherine Kiffe
Day "off"
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Tuesday, August 13
Catherine Kiffe
Step Back In Time
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Monday, August 12
Catherine Kiffe
Take A Deep Breath
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Monday, August 12
Catherine Kiffe
A Little Bit of Water
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Sunday, August 11
Catherine Kiffe
A Different Look At Burned Areas
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Saturday, August 10
Catherine Kiffe
Take a Leap
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Friday, August 9
Catherine Kiffe
Delightful Things
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Thursday, August 8
Catherine Kiffe
Not a Buggy Ride
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Wednesday, August 7
Catherine Kiffe
Ready for "hosses"
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Wednesday, August 7
Catherine Kiffe
Roundtable
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Tuesday, August 6
Catherine Kiffe
"Bag a Peak" and Fight with a Bush!
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Sunday, August 4
Catherine Kiffe
Busy, busy!
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Friday, August 2
Catherine Kiffe
Third Day of the Trek
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Wednesday, July 31
Catherine Kiffe
4 Wheeling
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Tuesday, July 30
Catherine Kiffe
Kickoff Events in DC
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Tuesday, July 23
Catherine Kiffe
First day...
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Wednesday, May 1
Catherine Kiffe
Public lands in Mississippi
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Wednesday, December 31
Catherine Kiffe
More Student Questions
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Wednesday, December 31
Catherine Kiffe
Gray and Beautiful
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