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Team: South
Kay Gandy
Saturday, September 21
The South Team
The South Team is my family. I want to record in my journal descriptions of each member so I won't ever forget them.
Jan Nesset: a.k.a. Gazelle, Lead dog, Mountain goat
Jan is the leader of the Trek team. A graduate of the U of Montana in journalism, Jan now resides in colorado with his wife Chris. Jan excelled at everything on the Trek except horseback riding (which puts him to sleep). His pace was five times that of mine, yet he constantly adjusted to accomodate us lesser mortals. Jan is the prankster of the group, yet probably the most serious about staying true to the mission. If there were any doubts in his mind about whether or not the Trek stayed on public land, he would have the team redo that section. He is always goofing off and calls himself a beautiful princess. He is the king of GPS, and I will always remember him walking ahead with the GPS in his hand.
Richard Tyrell: a.k.a. Sir Richard
Richard lives in Pennsylvania but works in New York in the jewelry business. He often uses an English accent and wears a hat that looks very British. He loves music and will play his CDs anytime we are in a car. At night he listens to CDs in his tent and conducts along with the music. Richard has been on many mountain climbing expeditions and plays polo. Sometimes he lets me wear his cowboy hat when I drive the truck. I will remember about Richard that he told me I need to get off the porch more often.
Julie Overbaugh: a.k.a. Cecil B. D'Overbaugh
Julie is a nurse from Alaska. You can tell she loves her job and her two boys because she is always talking about them (and calls home whenever possible). We tease her a lot because she loves to eat. Once at a restaurant she ate two entrees and an appetizer. Julie, as well as Richard, like to joke around a lot. She constantly stops to video. Julie is always the first one to ask Jake and me to sing.
Cathy Kiffe
Cathy and I have worked together for about five years with the Louisiana Geography Education Alliance. We were roommates on a two-week trip to the Yucatan. She is a homebound teacher in Lafayette, LA. Cathy is the epitome of a genteel southern lady, yet she has done very well on this Trek. Of course they say we southern girls are steel magnolias. We can do much more than we let on. I think Cathy has been so impressed by each plant, rock, and animal she sees, that she has to stop and examine them more closely. This has both frustrated and enriched the other Trekkers--frustrated because they want to move onward, enriched because they renew their perspective of the land.
Jessica Terrell
Jessica, age 25, is from Jefferson City, MO and is a naturalist and works with state trails. We have become firm friends, and I even call her my adopted daughter. She encourages me to hike, climb mountains, and do way more than I would have attempted on my own. She is our media/special events person and arranges our daily schedules. she is also the first alternate and would have competently stepped in for any Trek member. She's tan, very pretty, and single (for all you guys reading this).
Jacob McLeod: a.k.a. Jake the Snake
Jacob, age 19, hails from Jacksonville, FL. I have adopted him also. I've mentioned numerous times in my journal writings ab out his great singing voice. He definitely could be a professional singer. Jake is such a serious young man and has his future well-mapped out. He can be very funny, particularly when he gets with Jan. They play off each other with comic routines. Jake knows a lot about animals and is an advid bird watcher. While we were in Arizona, he climbed the highest mountain in the state in just a few hours. Jake too encourages me to do more than I think I can. Jake and Jessica both call me mom.
Lori McGraw
Lori, our former cook turned technology support person, is from South Carolina. She knows everything about Boy Scouts. I think she should be a Boy Scout Master. We tease her a lot about her snoring and make her sleep a little ways from the rest of us. But she takes it all good naturedly. Lori has taken over 600 digital photos on this trip. she has saved the day, since we don't have constant tech support.
Ron Monnig
Everyone says that the 60s were good to Ron. With his dark sunglasses and laid-back attitude, he does remind me of a hippy from the 60s. Ron is from Cincinnati, Ohio and is our logistics manager. He is pretty quiet until the talk turns to motorcycles, then he becomes quite animated. Ron is the keeper of keys and fixer of flat tires.
Sam Altman: a.k.a. Food and Beverage Manager
We've only had Sam about four weeks, but she is definitely a major team player. Sam serves as our cook, and can make any meal seem like it came from a five-star restaurant. She's a lot of fun to talk to and constantly plies us with snacks. Sam brought two dogs when she came--Scottie and Keeper. We call them Yip and Yap. We make jokes with her about cooking the dogs, particularly when they bark at night.
Bob Hammond: a.k.a. SOB (sweet ole Bob)
Bob is our team leader. I think he looks like Captain Ahab. He has recently retired from working for the government and lives near Washington, D.C. He is the one that solves all our major and minor problems. Everyday he has to make decisions, complete paperwork, and guide the support team to the next location. I think his job must be the least fun. Bob has been very good about finding ways for me to join the Trekkers.
Vipul Lakhani
Vipul was with us the first few weeks on the journey and served as team physician. We valued him more for his sense of humor and his big smile. Vipul told the funniest story about meeting a rhino in Africa. We were always asking him to repeat the story. I'm glad I got to go on a three-day backpacking trip while he was with us. We still talk about Vipul and wish that he could be with us at the end.
and so, I am the twelfth member of the team. I value my new family and hope that we don't lose touch over the years. I have learned much from each of them and I hope in some small way that I made a difference in their lives.
for Saturday, September 21
North South Both




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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
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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
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ATV Haven
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Wednesday, September 18
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SNOW
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Tuesday, September 17
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The River Crossing
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Monday, September 16
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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
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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
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Rivers and Lakes and Rainbows
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Thursday, September 5
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The Wave
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Wednesday, September 4
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The Condors
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Tuesday, September 3
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Trekking with the Trekkers
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Monday, September 2
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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
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The 14 mile Hike
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Friday, August 30
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The School Program
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Thursday, August 29
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Half-way Party
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Wednesday, August 28
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Lost Glasses
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Tuesday, August 27
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The Arizona Trail
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Monday, August 26
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Sunrise at the Canyon
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Sunday, August 25
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Walnut Canyon and Sunset Crater
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Saturday, August 24
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Disappointments
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Friday, August 23
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Eldon Pueblo
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Thursday, August 22
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Outback Steaks
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Wednesday, August 21
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Flagstaff
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Tuesday, August 20
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Dancing in the Moonlight
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Sunday, August 18
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Woods Canyon
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Saturday, August 17
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Peach Pancakes
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Friday, August 16
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Ballad of the Southern Trekkers
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Thursday, August 15
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Graduation Day
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Wednesday, August 14
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Quiet Day
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Tuesday, August 13
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The ATV Ride
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Monday, August 12
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At the Motel
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Sunday, August 11
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Waiting for the Trekkers
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Saturday, August 10
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The Cat Walk
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Friday, August 9
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The Support Team
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Friday, August 9
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The Long Drive
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Friday, August 9
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The Long Drive
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Thursday, August 8
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The Ballad of the Trekkers
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Wednesday, August 7
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Round Table Discussion
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Tuesday, August 6
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The Last Hike
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Monday, August 5
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The Nose Rings
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Sunday, August 4
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The Backpacking Trip
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Saturday, August 3
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Doing the Laundry
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Friday, August 2
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Lake Valley School
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Thursday, August 1
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Horse Canyon
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Wednesday, July 31
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The Trek Begins
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Wednesday, July 31
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What was the highlight of your first day on the Trek? (responses from the Southern team)
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