excerpts from

Three Years
on the
Nowhere Road





A night on a seastack

A favorite pasttime for my cat and I was to climb the sea stacks, the sheer rock pinnacles which could only be reached at low tide, but which at high tide were surrounded by the sea. The larger stacks had grass and trees on their summits, and we would pick our way up to the top, which sometimes meant a near-vertical climb up a bare rockface. I had no climbing gear, and had never received instruction in proper climbing technique, but as I had earned my living for several years by climbing big trees with a chainsaw, I felt completely at home on the pinnacles.

Because it was often growing dark by the time we reached the summit, we would find a grassy spot not too close to the edge, roll out the mummy bag and spend the night--- praying that it didnít rain. The following morning we would wait for the tide to recede before making our way back down.



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 loggerís 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