Wednesday, August 21, 2002
North through the Coconino National Forest
Today Team South gets to ride in style in their Honda SUVs to their next destination, Pine Grove Campground in the Coconino National Forest. They are headed north across the Colorado Plateau towards the Grand Canyon, passing through cool forests of ponderosa pine and aspen.
Although the forest has reopened after severe fire danger lessened with the late-summer monsoons, the monsoons bring another danger-- that of lightning strikes and lightning-caused fires. In the last week, at least three fires have been started by lightning strikes. So the team is continuing to be extra-cautious with travel, cooking, and other activity. Remember what Smokey says-- "Only you can prevent wildfires!"