U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas wrote Of Men and Mountains while recovering from injuries suffered from falling off a horse. He was 50 and had plenty of time to apply his considerable writing skills to the task. The result was an autobiographical look of a young man exploring the Yakima Valley and the eastern slopes of the Cascades. In my humble opinion it’s the best book every written about enjoying the wilderness. The book became the genesis for the Goat Rocks and William O. Douglas Wildernesses.
Over the years I have had many opportunities to hike, camp, fish, hunt and backpack in the very areas described in Douglas’ book. If there is any criticism of the book, it is that it has no pictures. So, for everyone who has read the book, or I have now encouraged to read it, here are a few of my photos of areas described in Of Men and Mountains.
Several years ago I published an article in The Oregonian about the Warm Lake area. Like Douglas, the area below Meade Glacier and Mt. Curtis-Gilbert remains one of my favorites too. Here’s the web address for the article: http://www.oregonlive.com/outdoors/index.ssf/2009/10/go_to_goat_rocks_for_cool_colo.html.