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There was—and still is—a fire lookout tower up at the top of Mt. Henry. The McIntires were friends with the fire lookout's rangers, and each spring when the ranger rode through with his packstring, ready to check in for his six months' duty on the mountain, he would stay overnight with the McIntires: his last touch of civilization before going into the wilderness— ...In the morning, the ranger would ride up to the Mt. Henry lookout. (40)…


Sixteen cases of whiskey, camping equipment, food, and four people were in the car. They sat on dynamite and waved goodbye to the neighbors and pulled out boldly through the town on the road to Fort Benton, and at Fort Benton, back in a dusty alley behind a warehouse, they picked up the loaded trailer carrying fourteen more cases of whiskey, and crossed the Missouri and started south.... Eventually, that night, they wound up in the pass above where Bo had been hijacked in November. (364)…


The sun was orange over Buckhorn Ridge. I was working along a deer trail, noting old elk signs. The trail followed a shelf along the mountain, a southern exposure, with aspens above and below me....It was the time of day, late in the afternoon, when you are most likely to see all sorts of animals, though because of the strong wind, I did not think I would see any. Sometimes the wind was in my face, but other times it quartered from upslope, from the north. The aspen leaves were beautiful, shading to bright yellow, and they rattled in that strong wind. (56)…

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