Wednesday, September 25, 2013

9/25/13-A Long Drive to the Clouds

A Long Drive to the Clouds
Kevin Williams
            Waking up this morning to one of the most beautiful sunrises yet, I was happy to see Dustin cooking the first hot breakfast in the front country since we have gotten out of Canada. The Badlands have been quite the sight for most; we were able to see bighorn sheep, pronghorn, prairie dogs, and a lucky few were able to spot bison far in the distance while looking out atop a cliff. Leaving after clean up this morning, we had a long 10-1hour drive to Lander, Wyoming in our new minivan. Along our drive we were able to see Devil’s tower, cowboys herding cows, and the inside of a cloud at 9,000ft above sea level, it was a very sight worthy ride today.  As we got to Lander around 7:30pm we decided tp take Jeff out to eat for his birthday at a local restaurant that served us some of the best food you could eat. As I lay in my tent, reflecting on the day as well as the week, I can say it has been a rough transition from the back country to the front country. Already burning two Dutch ovens, spending far too much money on food, being slower than we’d like, and getting side tracked by people and things at home; we as a group are struggling to get back into the flow of everything. No one can be blamed but we should all take responsibility of OUR group. I become frustrated with myself more every day because I’ve been taught the skills and have been taught the lessons to create a better group, yet as a member of the group I don’t seem to create any positive change for the group. We WILL get better as we learn from our mistakes but for now I’ll leave you with this, “Oh but everybody thinks, that everybody knows, about everybody else, nobody knows, anything about themselves, cause their all worried about everybody else.” –Jack Johnson

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