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 The Trek: The Journals

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Team: South
Jacob MacLeod
Sunday, September 22
Letter to My Family
Dearest Family of Mine~

Another journey I never want to end. Another group of people I never want to say goodbye to. Some nostalgic soul once said, “All good things must come to an end.” As our trek draws to a close, I feel, once again, that it is true. Right now, I am in the most beautiful place in the world. I’m surrounded by ten thousand foot mountains covered with golden aspens, blue spruces, and firs. It’s a perfectly epic fall day, with hot sunlight on my face between clouds, and a breeze cold enough to make me want to either zip my fleece up, or cast it off and run into the forest screaming, “Excelsior!!” and not looking back . . . There was never a more perfectly blue sky- ever. Perfect doesn’t do it justice.

The land speaks to me now, not in words that can be misinterpreted by language or twisted by sound, but in a passionate embrace that encompasses my whole being. The thing is, I was in the most beautiful place in the world eighteen days ago. I have only glimpsed what Everett Ruess meant when he said, “I have seen more beauty than I can bear . . .” I miss this place, this company, this journey, this mission, terribly already. Armed so with this knowledge, I shall make the most of what remains.

Your loving son, grandson, and brother,

Jacob Wolf MacLeod
for Sunday, September 22
North South Both




Biographical
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Team: South
Jacob MacLeod
Jake hikes through the sandstone wonderland of the Wave formation in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument. Where's your hat, Jake?

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List of All Journal Entries
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Saturday, September 28
Jacob MacLeod
National Public Lands Day
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Friday, September 27
Jacob MacLeod
Together Again!!
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Thursday, September 26
Jacob MacLeod
Our Last Full Day
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Sunday, September 22
Jacob MacLeod
Letter to My Family
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Thursday, September 5
Jacob MacLeod
My Bird List for the Trek
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Sunday, August 18
Jacob MacLeod
I Got It!!
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Thursday, August 15
Jacob MacLeod
Exelsior
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Monday, August 12
Jacob MacLeod
The Lesson at Eagle Peak
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Sunday, August 11
Jacob MacLeod
Snow Lake
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Thursday, August 8
Jacob MacLeod
"Attack of the Nine-Million Flies!"
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Sunday, August 4
Jacob MacLeod
Backpacking at Last
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Friday, August 2
Jacob MacLeod
El Paso and Back
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Thursday, August 1
Jacob MacLeod
A Rocky Place
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Wednesday, July 31
Jacob MacLeod
Day 1 Highlight
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Wednesday, July 31
Jacob MacLeod
The Trek Begins
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Tuesday, July 30
Jacob MacLeod
To the Mexican Border
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Sunday, July 28
Jacob MacLeod
Training Week
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