High on the Lolo
Steven Faulkner on God's Pictures of Life & Death & Eternity
I pitch my tent just off the Lolo Trail, a sand-and-gravel Forest Service road that rises and falls along high ridges of the Clearwater Mountains in eastern Idaho, a trail known to history as the route Lewis and Clark followed to cross the Rocky Mountains on their way to and from the Pacific Ocean in 1805 and 1806. It was also the route used in 1877 by members of the Nez Perce tribe—750 men, women, and children with their dogs and mules and 2,000 horses—as they fled their homeland, pursued by General O. O. Howard with his soldiers and his cannons.
I had hiked and mountain-biked this trail just three summers before with two of my sons. This time I am alone.
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Steven Faulkner teaches creative writing at Longwood University in southern Virginia. He is the author of Waterwalk: A Passage of Ghosts (2007) and Bitterroot: Echoes of Beauty and Loss (2016). Both books are memoirs of father-son journeys that followed the paths of missionary priests: Marquette (in Waterwalk) and De Smet (in Bitterroot).
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