Light in the Trees

Light in the Trees


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At the end of our visit in the big snow, I hiked the mountain behind Dad’s house with my brother, stepping into his size 13 footprints. With trail signposts long buried, we kept to the main road, a route once used for logging. Although almost every trip home included this steep climb, I’d never hiked it in two feet of snow. The muffled whiteness made it difficult to tell how far we’d come, how much farther we had to go. More than once I sat on a log saying I’d stay there and wait for Ken, whose long strides made it look easy, to go up without me. Each time I did this, he stopped, waited, and told me we were almost there, although I suspected we weren’t.
A memoir of home, nature, and change in the American West, Light in the Trees makes cultural and environmental topics personal through a narrator’s travels between past and present, rural and urban. Growing up on a mountain foothill in western Washington, Gail Folkins offers a small-town viewpoint of the Pacific Northwest. Sasquatch myths and serial killer realities, a runaway Appaloosa, and turbulent volcanoes beneath serene mountaintops help chronicle a coming of age for both a narrator and a place. Later, a move to the Southwest expands Folkins’s view of the West. From this new perspective paired with frequent journeys to the Northwest, she explores challenges of the natural world, from wildlife habitat and water quality to a changeable climate and wildfires, navigating new versions of home and self along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780896729520
Publisher: Texas Tech University Press
Publication date: 01/12/2015
Series: Voice in the American West Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Gail Folkins often writes about her roots in the American West. Her nonfiction book Texas Dance Halls: A Two-Step Circuit (TTUP, 2007) was a popular culture finalist in ForeWordReviews’s 2007 Book of the Year awards, while her essay “A Palouse Horse” was a Notable Essay in TheBest American Essays 2010.

Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Prologue 3

1 Blackberry Summers 5

2 Bigfoot in the Backyard 13

3 A Palouse Horse 22

4 After the Volcano 30

5 Three Stages of Sustenance 39

6 High-Tech Forest 46

7 Upstream 54

8 Last Light on North Beach 62

9 Visits from Black Bear 69

10 Mountain Meadows 76

11 The Voice of Wood 83

12 Between Drought and Snow 91

13 Earthquake Chaser 99

14 Unseen on Orcas Island 106

15 Light in the Trees 114

16 Through the Smoke 122

Epilogue 130

Acknowledgments 133

Works Consulted 135

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