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Greetings, verbivores...!!!

Dirt Works: An Education in the Woods, by Christine Byl, is an interesting read that takes readers through Byl's days as a "trail dog" as she works as a trail builder at several locations in Glacier Nat'l Park, up to Alaska as she transfers over to the Forest Service, and eventually back to the National Park Service at Denali.

What starts as a summer job leads to a decades-long job in the woods.  Byl's book details her education (both formal and informal) along the way and an incredible cast of colorful characters set in three wilderness locations.

Byl's introduction really sets the pace into a first-rate story and enjoyable read.  This book is a great addition to your wilderness reading section...

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Here's a good interview of Byl.

http://www.kcur.org/post/trekking-trails

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Sounds like my kind of book!

On the list, looks like the library may have to order it from the big city.

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I'm reading this right now.  It is interesting, but I am having a hard time with the way she writes, it doesn't flow smoothly for me, and I have to go back and reread some of her sentences, as they don't make any sense to me.  But, I'm sticking with it for a while.

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OK, I'm getting into it.  If you like Dirt Work book, you may like A Mile in Her Boots: Women Who Work in the Wild by Jennifer Bove.  I really liked that book.

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Enjoyed Dirt Works, but I would suggest reading the Traildog Statistics in the back of the book first.  I was familiar with the places she was and that sure made me homesick for Alaska.  Lots of fun characters and antics.

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http://www.hcn.org/issues/45.14/tools-r-us

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