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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fire Season

"I was expected to sit still and watch mountains and long for company and something to do, like playing cribbage, I suppose. I was going to have to watch mountains for sure that was my job, but I would not be without company. I already knew that mountains live and move." -Norman Maclean, "USFS 1919

Many other famous American writers and poets, going back to Henry David Thoreau, Leopold, Dillard & my favorite Sigurd Olson have spent time in fire watch towers or others wilderness venues. Thus I was anxious to read Fire Season Field Notes From A Wilderness Lookout by Philip Connors.

Combination memoir, essay & history, written from the experience of eight summers in the Gila wilderness of New Mexico, it draws us into a place of solitude, fire & nature. Connors left an office cubical job with The Wall Street Journal to spend a summer in the wild. How fortunate very for us that he did. I think this book could well be considered a classic someday. As regular readers of my Troutbirder nature blog might suspect, while basically not an antisocial person, I often have an innate impulse toward solitary moments on the trout stream, in my dreams and hiking forest trails with my GSD Baron. Books about these kinds of experiences naturally appeal to me.


Montanagirl said...

You read the most interesting stuff!

Veronica Wald said...

Looks goes on my list :-)

NCmountainwoman said...

We see fire towers all over the NC mountains. Unfortunately (well, for the people who worked in them) modern technology has rendered them obsolete. They were manned when I was a child and a great treat was being allowed to climb the stairs and see the view. I often wondered what it would be like to spend so much time there alone. Now I can read the book and understand. Thanks

Sally Wessely said...

This does look like an interesting book.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Lovely blog full of knowledge and nature! Found you from Nancy's Rural Journal. Are you also in Nebraska? Hope you are staying high and dry!!!

Sarah Laurence said...

I've heard so many good things about this book and read a terrific excerpt too. I can see why you'd enjoy it.