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Kay Gandy
Friday, September 27
Team Joining
Early morning coffee club discussion: Jake and Jan’s successful mission. While the North Team was down the hill eating supper, our sneaky guys walked into the RV and left the message. They were particularly proud that no one was sleeping, yet no one caught them. Later in the day when we drove in to take showers we met Kevin and Wayne. They told us how the North Team thought we were so sweet to leave them a welcome note. It was sort of deflating. We had imagined all morning the different ways they might retaliate. Later when we went to Pine Valley campground to set up our tents we found that the North Team had left us a bottle of champagne and cups and a big welcome sign. It sort of took the fun out of the whole thing.

We had lunch at Dick’s in Kamas (chocolate shakes and cheeseburgers) then waited impatiently to be directed to our entry point. Everything was choreographed so that the teams walked to the stage at the same time to meet for the first time in 60 days. It was a very emotional moment for all of us. Many cried. I wished that I could have been a member of both teams and experienced the friendships, the hardships, and the scenic vistas from both perspectives. There were lots of speeches and thanks. Each team raised the American flags given to Cathy and Rob in Washington, D.C. to carry on the trek. Cathy spoke very eloquently for the South Team. I don’t remember the words, but I do remember that there were tears in my eyes. Rob spoke for the North Team. We were each given a hand-carved walking stick with the American Frontiers pin embedded in the top. North team got cherry wood and South team got walnut. An impressive bar-b-que spread looked enticing, but most of us wanted to talk to other team members and catch up on adventures. The North team still had packing to do, so mostly South team members sat around a campfire and reminisced. Jake and I were asked to sing as usual. Wayne interviewed each of us and asked about our feelings now that we’ve reached the end of the journey. Mostly we were hyped at the excitement of rejoining friends. The reality of the end hasn’t really hit me yet. Cathy and I decided to sleep in the RV, even though our tents were up. About 3:45 a.m. I hear the rain. I wished that I had taken my tent down.
for Friday, September 27
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Wednesday, September 25
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Tuesday, September 24
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Saturday, September 21
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Thursday, September 19
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Wednesday, September 18
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Tuesday, September 17
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Sunday, September 15
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Saturday, September 14
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Friday, September 13
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Wednesday, September 11
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Friday, September 6
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Thursday, September 5
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Wednesday, September 4
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Tuesday, September 3
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Wednesday, August 28
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Tuesday, August 27
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Monday, August 26
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Sunday, August 25
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Saturday, August 24
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Friday, August 23
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Thursday, August 22
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Wednesday, August 21
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Tuesday, August 20
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Sunday, August 18
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Saturday, August 17
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Friday, August 16
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Thursday, August 15
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Wednesday, August 14
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Tuesday, August 13
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Monday, August 12
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Sunday, August 11
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Saturday, August 10
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Friday, August 9
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Friday, August 9
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Friday, August 9
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Thursday, August 8
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Wednesday, August 7
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Tuesday, August 6
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Monday, August 5
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Sunday, August 4
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Saturday, August 3
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Friday, August 2
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Thursday, August 1
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