Mountain Fire Lookouts in the next topic.
Fans of Beat Lit heroes are no doubt aware that Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac and Phillip Whalen (among others), spent time thinking, writing, meditating, spacing out in remote forest fire lookout cabins.
Usually the job would include a few weeks of RipRap trail making before being dropped off with a burro worth of supplies to spend a few months being stunned by beauty, accepting solitude, riding out wild storms and growing beards.
These jobs still exists – even with all the technology, nothing is better than a practiced eye up in the sky.
There are several articles about this job and these places which seem to appear from time to time.
Anyhow, so who’s sending in a job application?
This one from The Guardian:
Rory Carroll at Stonewall fire lookout, Montana
Tue 30 Aug 2016 11.00 BST
There were 10,000 lookouts, scanning the wilderness for signs of smoke. Now just a few hundred remain, and they pass the time hiking, writing and knitting
Levi Brinegar mans a fire lookout in Helena national park. Door is bear-proofed. I think I want his job. pic.twitter.com/U9FrFj0wYq
— Rory Carroll (@rorycarroll72) August 25, 2016