On Top of the World

Carpenter Mountain Lookout Tower


While we’ve been sweltering here in Virginia, daughter Emily sends this, her view this evening.

She works for the Forest Service between Bend and Eugene, Oregon. On her days off, she now has a part time gig as relief staff for the Carpenter Mountain Fire Lookout Tower.

The view is amazing. Click on the link to see it full screen.

Carpenter Mountain (5349’/1630m) summit [1]


To get the full effect, here’s a Youtube link to some drone footage that really gives a sense of place and scale.

The full time ranger is up there 10 days on and 4 days off, April through October. It takes a crew of rangers to backpack enough water to last him 6 weeks.

I’m so jealous.




The house is so quiet now. All the leaks are plugged. I walked around and listened in wonder.

With a big hose that mixed the fluff with a light adhesive, the crew overfilled all the exterior walls, upstairs and down, and shaved it down flush with the studs. They were done in a few hours. They’ll come back to do the attic and basement.




























Town of Scottsville, VA

postcards from the road