|Duncan Peak - Placer County|
Although most of these installations now stand dormant, the folks I’ve met who staff the few remaining active towers talk about what they like to read or that screenplay they’re working on. While visitors are welcome, I get the feeling that the peace that comes with solitude is cherished.
What follows is a short list of books that seem to marry the romance and grit of those in service to our environment…
|North of Foresthill Road|
|Mosquito Ridge, Placer County|
|Grouse Lakes, Nevada County|
An interesting connection exists between a 7-year-old Norman Maclean and one Elders Koch, a forester who rose through the ranks of the service only to turn down the opportunity to head up the agency in Washington DC:
“[He] preferred to stay in Montana, with his summers at Sealy Lake next to the family cabin of Norman Maclean, and a few steps away from some of the best fly-fishing waters in the world.” (Egan, page 268.)
The Bitterroots or DC? Good call, Elders. Good call.
ABBEY, EDWARD. THE BLACK SUN. Capra Press, 1971, 1981. The author of THE MONKEYWRENCH GANG, Abbey takes a stab at the baleful romanticism of being perched on a mountaintop. Bittersweet and perhaps a bit sappy at times, the reader does gain insight into the solitary mind of at least one of the fellows who keeps watch over the forest.
|Mt Harkness. (c) National Park Service|
|Little Bald Mt., Placer County|
Church of the Open Road Press