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Tim Leveille
Tim Leveille • 1 year ago

The North Cascades inspired Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac, and Philip Whelan to wax poetic while sitting guard as fire lookouts.

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Artist Point near the Mt. Baker ski area in the North Cascades of Washington • photo: Michael Riffle on Flickr

Jack Kerouac's Cabin on Desolation Peak. "Nature is not a place to visit. It is home." Gary Snyder

Ever since reading "Poets on the Peaks" by John Suiter, I've dreamed of spending time in that cabin. I could spend all summer in something like this on a mountain or lake in Maine. The "Beat" poets Gary Snyder, then Philip Whalen and finally Jack Kerouac each spent time there alone, in the 1950s working as fire lookouts.

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✯ Mt Shuksan reflected on a lake in the North Cascade mountains of Washington State

Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac, 1959

Jack Kerouac by Allen Ginsberg