Dirt Work (Paperback)Christine Byl (author)
Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 01/04/2014
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Christine Byl took a temporary job with the National Park Service as a "trail dog" in Montana's Glacier National Park, clearing paths for the millions of visitors it draws every year. This tiny college graduate arrived with little experience or muscle, but she quickly learned how to clear trees, move boulders, and build stairs and culverts in the back country. In addition to the colorful characters -- mostly men -- who she worked with, her primary tutors were the tools in her hands, the axes, shovels, and chainsaws. While Christine expected that her tenure at the parks would be temporary, she found the work more fulfilling than any deskbound job could ever be, and she ended up working her way up to lead her own trail crews and running her own small business, mentoring other young trail dogs along the way. Dirt Work is a contemplative but unsentimental look at the pleasures of labor, our place in nature, and learning to thrive in unfamiliar circumstances.
Publisher: Beacon Press
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
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