I started off on a drive today that started as a trip to a local drive-in for a nice burger. Well, the air-conditioning felt pretty nice so I decided to go for a little bit of a drive and ended up taking about a 3 hour drive though the mountains and through a little bit of Flathead National Forest. There were so many amazing things to see along the way, but perhaps the most startling and overwhelming was the section of Flathead National Forest that was just miles and miles of burnt up trees. At the end of the day, I’m really happy I decided to go on this very random and very rough drive. I’m also really happy my little Chevy Cavalier survived the rocky terrain.
Filmmaker Brian Bolster profiles a fire lookout named Lief Haugen, who has worked at a remote outpost of Montana’s Flathead National Forest since the summer of 1994. It’s a
lonely job, Haugen explains, but the perks are unlike anything you’ll
find in a city. “To be a lookout, you really have to love solitary time
by yourself,” he says. “This is a reminder of keeping it simple. It’s
just me and this place and the work.”