excerpts from

Three Years
on the
Nowhere Road





At the outfitters

As soon as I had a little extra cash and was able to wrangle a ride to Port Angeles, I stopped in at an outfitting store for the purpose of purchasing one of those new goose-down mummy bags to help get me through the winter. When the outfitters were first recommended to me, I naively assumed they would carry the sort of serious outdoor gear that you would strap onto the back of a mule for a several-week expedition into the mountains. Instead, these so-called outfitters catered chiefly to affluent weekend campers from the suburbs who wanted their outdoor experience pre-packaged with as little inconvenience and as much comfort as possible. The store retained the veneer of a traditional outfitter, but most of what they carried was so high-tech, state-of-the-art and over-priced that it seemed less suited for a week in the woods than a trip to the moon. I had no use for over 90% of it.

Apparently the less serious you are about actually living in the woods, and the shorter your stay, the more equipment you require.



More excerpts from
Three Years on the Nowhere Road
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Off to the wilderness

A bus from the Twilight Zone

I am picked up, then dumped

On a dark, deserted highway,
the kindness of a stranger


My first ride in a logging truck

Forks, logging capitol of the world

To a camp on the Calawah

Job Interview

Up before dawn, a logger’s breakfast

My first day at the mill

A dip in the river

Working deck at the mill,
and almost losing a hand


To a new camp, further downriver

Robert Lee:
the old logger who lived in a box


The Dickey River People

When a barrel stove becomes a cannon

Alone at last

At the outfitters

On Christmas Day, I am flooded out

At the mill, I am promoted to splitter

Encounter with a sasquatch?

A scene out of Dr. Zhivago

I settle in for a solitary winter

Hanshan, the mad hermit poet

Hiking the coastline with a tomcat

A night on a seastack

I join an encampment of friends
on a tributary of the Hoh


Calling at the country estate
of Robert Lee, Esq.


Visiting around the Peninsula
in Robert Lee's 2-gear sedan


A visit to a Makah family on Neah Bay

These opening chapters represent
about 20% of the entire book,
which I hope to release
later this winter.

BJ Omanson
Nov 2021