Between Forest and Sky: A Fire-Tower Journal

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 223 pages
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This is an enthusiastic and beautifully described account of one woman's career as a fire-tower observer: a simple, satisfying lifestyle that embraces life without modern amenities. Always attracted to the outdoors, Sharon Stratton had applied to be a fire-tower observer five times before she was finally accepted. She headed to the forest with only her dogs for company to lead a seasonal, largely solitary life of oneness with nature and immense responsibility. Her story reveals in intriguing detail how fire-tower observers live, shedding light on the community of observers stationed in towers and lookout sites throughout the boreal forests. Through her words, it's possible to experience the rush of adrenaline she feels when she spots and reports fires from atop her 100-foot tower, and to discover with her the beauty and diversity of the flora and fauna. Anyone who dreams of a solitary, simple existence will find Between Forest and Sky a memorable read.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
OfftoWorklGo
30
Of Harriers Storms and Tests
43
From the Ides to Solstice and Beyond
58
The Opening Act Closes with Curtains of Shimmering Green
71
Helios Lookout
87
A Foothills Retreat
103
In Celebration of Long Days
126
Canis Major
145
The Hunter Moon
167
Tamarack Lookout
181
Whichever Way the Wind Blows
195
Flight Formation
211
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