Items by Mary Emerick

Drought on the Pacific Crest Trail offers harsh lessons
Memories from the gear shed
A once nomadic firefighter decides to stay put
A once nomadic firefighter decides to stay put
The author sees wildfires differently now that she's settled down.
Deadly avalanches and the lure of the mountains
Deadly avalanches and the lure of the mountains
Mountains are our barometer and our playground, and, on occasion, our tomb.
Immersed in the wild, trekking part of the Pacific Crest Trail
Immersed in the wild, trekking part of the Pacific Crest Trail
Living on wilderness time for 300 miles.
I will fight fire no more
I will fight fire no more
A wildland firefighter reflects on joys and sorrows of her fighting career, and on why she's leaving the field.
Finding solace in the river
Finding solace in the river
The death of a friend in a small Oregon town leaves a hole in the lives of many people
When a dog is part wolf
When a dog is part wolf
Northeastern Oregon is a hard place to have a dog like the author's.
Marry me, marry my town
Marry me, marry my town
It's not easy being the outsider who marries a longtime local in a small rural town.
Fighting fire and memories
Fighting fire and memories
A seasoned Forest Service firefighter remembers Colorado's South Canyon Fire and the lives lost in it 16 years ago.
Learning to live landlocked
Learning to live landlocked
After years spent on the coast of Alaska, it feels strange but wonderful to live in the very different world of dry inland Oregon.
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