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Outgoing Interior secty’s plans: Women’s March, then a ‘long, slow road trip’ enjoying public lands

Sally Jewell (Betsy Z. Russell)
Sally Jewell (Betsy Z. Russell)

So what’s next for outgoing Interior Secretary Sally Jewell? A long road trip, she said, a months-long camping expedition across the nation’s southern public lands, after she leaves office. But first, Jewell said, “I’ve got a lot of friends that are coming in from around the country to show support for women’s issues, so I will be hosting a number of people at my house. … A lot of colleagues will do the same.” That’d be for the Women’s March on Washington, slated for the National Mall on Jan. 21, the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Jewell said then she and her husband will embark on “a long slow road trip and a lot of public lands enjoyment,” with Washington, D.C. as the starting point and Seattle, her home, as the ending point, and “several months in between.”

The former REI CEO said she’s already brought her camping gear out from Seattle in preparation for the trip, which will explore the desert Southwest, including such sites as Big Bend National Park in Texas. “Really, there’s no plan,” she said, “just a chance to think about what’s next, how to put all this amazing knowledge to use in the next chapter.”

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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