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Team: South
Kay Gandy
Tuesday, September 17
The River Crossing
I slept out under the stars last night. I wore my turtle fur hat and my blue flannel long johns, and zipped my sleeping bag tight. Only my nose got cold. I must have slept soundly because Julie had to wake me up at 7:00. Since I was lucky enough to get to go out with the Trekkers again today, I had to hurry and get ready. We normally leave by 7:30. To get ready means packing up gear, loading trailers, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and making sure drinks, lunches, and water are loaded in the four-wheel drive vehicles. Jake was my compatriot today. The adventure began early. We had to cross a rushing river to get to the pickup point for the Trekkers. Jake tried first, but got stuck in the mud at the edge of the river. It was a clay mud that was very much like quicksand if you tried to walk on it. Jake spent some time spinning wheels as he rocked back and forth to get free. We looked around for small branches to put on the road and used small shovels to spread the mud more evenly. I volunteered to stay behind, but our path continued forward. Jake pointed out to me that if the heavier Pilot could make it, then my CRV could make it. Jake gunned the motor, and made it into the river. The road did not continue straight across, so he actually had to drive down the river, then climb up a high mud bank to reach the road. He gave me the thumbs-up sign, so I closed my eyes, gunned the engine, and slip-slided into the water. I was so worried that I might get stuck right in the middle of the river. I could imagine having to call someone to come and rescue me. I made it across and up the bank. Jack gave me a high five, and we started down the road. He stopped suddenly, got out, and pulled a large portion of the bottom of the car out. More parts that we have torn off on this journey. When we rounded the next bend, the Trekkers were coming up to meet us. The dirt road we followed through Capitol Reef varied from washout ruts to large boulders-but what a view! Jake stopped once to keep from running over a bull snake. He got out and picked it up and everyone (except me) took turns holding it. The snake was beautiful to look at but not something I wanted to get to know personally. When Jake put the snake down to let it go, the snake curled up in the shadow of Jake’s shoe and just lay there. It was almost as if it recognized a friend.
The last walk around ended at the beginning of Fish Lake Forest. What a change in scenery! We rounded a corner and the sun chose just that moment to highlight the golden yellow leaves of the aspens. I really don’t know if I can take any more of this beauty. We stopped in the middle of the road to have lunch. Although in the car all morning with Richard and Julie we had listened to a succession of CDs (from Dixie Chicks to Bruce Springsteen) for some reason the Trekkers wanted to hear Jake and me sing. So I sang a gospel song, then Jake sang a beautiful song by Rockapella. We all think Jake needs to move to Nashville and start a music career.
We are almost 10,000 ft up, so I’ve had my jacket on all day. Bob says it will get even colder. I only have one long-sleeved shirt, so I will have to wear lots of layers of clothing. Our campground is in the midst of aspens. I love the white bark splattered with grey. There’s a forest trail up the mountain, so I walked on it for about an hour. I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods in Louisiana, but nothing like this. Beautiful tall spruce jut majestically through the aspen. The air is crisp and cold so that I even wore mittens and a hat. Paul Slavic arrived with five top-of-the-line ATVs for the Trekkers to use tomorrow. I have to say Honda really does things in style.
I heard the roaring of ATVs and saw about 50 riders coming down the trail. They are parked near us and now with all the tents it looks like a campground condominium. I believe this is an organized event. We were introduced to them, and they were called Mountain Men. We stood around their campfire, and everyone said their name and where they were from. I heard states from California to Maine, and three were from Costa Rica. Many mentioned that it was their first time to ride in this event, but would definitely return yearly. We listened to the message that they spoke about: stay on trails, talk to your buddies about proper behavior on an ATV, and work together to help establish and keep trails.
for Tuesday, September 17
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
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Friday, September 27
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Team Joining
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Thursday, September 26
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The End Is Near
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Wednesday, September 25
Kay Gandy
Tree Hugs And Salmon
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Tuesday, September 24
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Dinosaurs
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Saturday, September 21
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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
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Solitude
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Saturday, September 14
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The Free Day
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Friday, September 13
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Waterfalls
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Thursday, September 12
Kay Gandy
Back in the Routine
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Wednesday, September 11
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Remembering America
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Tuesday, September 10
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Planet of the Apes
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Monday, September 9
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Rainbow Bridge and Orange Beach
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Saturday, September 7
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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
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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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