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Team: North
Michael Murphy
Saturday, September 28
"It's Over."
Dear America:
Field Report, Day 60

This was the last day with my new best friends. We drove into Camas to a small diner to have breakfast. I rode with Jan and Kay (Doc) from the southern team. This was a great way to get caught up on the 60 days of happenings of the southern team. I now know I would have been happy on either team. What a great group of people.

The next five hours were spent walking the Miracle Mile with Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton, listening to speeches (including Bob V’s funny tribute to the whole north team), receiving our medals from House Member Hansen, visiting with my family, taking and having pictures taken, and having lunch with Nancee Hunter from the National Geographic Society. All of this took place at the “This is the Place” Heritage Park in SLC.

Janet, my wife, took our moms to lunch and then to the motel to rest. She returned at the end of the event and helped me ferry a truck back to the BLM office. I found out my luggage was locked in the back of one of the Pilots and I didn’t get it back until later that night at the banquet in Little Cottonwood Canyon’s Snow Bird Ski Resort.

The banquet was wonderful. The buffet’s food was great and the speeches short. Each team was supposed to provide the entertainment. The southern team sang, danced, recited poetry, and generally (and genuinely) thrilled the crowd. Doc Gandy (newly hooded Ph.D. in geography) is a talented songwriter and line dance teacher. She, Jennifer, and Jake learned to dance while waiting to transport team members during the trek.

The northern team’s entertainment included the Bobs showing slides and Michelle singing. She truly has a beautiful voice. Bob A’s slide show was filled with his wonderfully dry sense of humor. Bob V., a former stand-up comic, had the audience in stitches with his witty comments about various shots. All that not withstanding, the slides were excellent.

We drove back down into SLC and witnessed the lights of a lovely city. Our motel was close to the airport, but the teams stayed closer to downtown. I was too tired to make it back to a hospitality room. I now regret not going back. I had the rest of my life to catch up on sleep.

Sunday, the 29th, was a travel day back home and to the reality of real life, work and 35 anxious kids waiting for their teacher to return.

Thanks for the trek of a lifetime. I proceed on.
for Saturday, September 28
North South Both




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Team: North
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