Current and former lookouts will know this is somewhat of a misleading statement. There's plenty of work to do at a lookout, if you are the regular occupant. Many of the buildings are historic, so require a lot of upkeep: painting, roof work, stove maintenance. There's always trail work, and then daily life chores: hauling water, cleaning, cooking.
|Everything you need.|
I watch the sun move across the peaks. It won't set until almost 10. I can see the trailhead seven miles and nearly 3000 vertical feet below. Boats crisscross the lake, carrying people out camping for the extended Fourth of July weekend. Mountain goats cling to the rocks above. I look for bears in Silver Basin, but don't see any.
|There were mountain goats up there|
Lookout time is different than city time. Up here, time seems to move more slowly, but the hours aren't filled with busy, often meaningless activity. Standing on the catwalk and looking out at the mountains is a kind of meditation. As I descend toward civilization, I carry the quiet and serenity with me.
|The beargrass this year! It's amazing.|