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A lively, often hilarious tale about a naïve New England flatlander’s outdoor misadventures—written by a well-known nature and syndicated columnist. Hardcover edition is the winner of the IPPY Award in the environment/ ecology/ nature category.
This winsome and humorous natural history narrative describes the author’s evolution from a hapless flatlander aching to become a mountain man into an accomplished outdoor writer. Tougias’ journey begins when he buys a remote mountain-top cabin in the hopes of becoming a real "mountain man," and gets much more than he bargained for. Misadventure follows calamity in his encounters with wildlife, the locals, and nature. In There’s a Porcupine in My Outhouse, Tougias reveals his deepening respect for and connection to the natural world and how this transforms his ideas on all aspects of life. As his love of the outdoors grows, so does his feeling of responsibility and stewardship toward the environment. A funny, honest, and personal account, this is the perfect book for anyone who loves the outdoors and loves to laugh.
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Syndicated outdoor columnist and author Michael Tougias is one of New England's leading nature writers. He is the author and co-author of 14 books including River Days, New England Wild Places, Quiet Places of Massachusetts, Exploring the Hidden Charles, and King Philip's War. His columns appear in the Springfield Union News, Taunton Gazette, and Attleboro Sun Chronicle and he frequently contributes to Outdoor Life, Field and Stream, Fine Gardening, Flower and Garden, Yankee Travel, the Boston Globe, Farmer's Almanac, and Trout Magazine. Tougias gives about 125 presentations a year and he is the host of "Exploring New England" on New England Cable News. He lives in Franklin, Massachusetts.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
In 1978, when I was twenty-two, I spent $8500 on a tiny A-frame cabin and six acres of land overlooking a pond in Northern Vermont. I thought I would live out my mountain-man fantasy that had been planted from reading adventure books as a kid. I would be Jim Bridger, Daniel Boone, and Lewis and Clark all rolled into one, knowing exactly what to do in every outdoor situation. I fancied myself as lord and master of my six acres. My very first act as a landowner was to go out and chop down a tree.
Now some 23 years later, I look back at those early years at the cabin and realize I had it backward. I haven’t controlled the land or conquered it, but instead I’ve been humbled by what I learned about nature, even though I’ve barely begun to understand its rhythms and many mysteries. This ramshackle cabin has been a kind of university for my outdoor education, although I am far from graduating. I think I will be a life-long student—but grateful for each and every lesson which I had no idea was coming. I’ve had encounters with wildlife from bears to bats, friendships with life-hardened locals and neophyte flatlanders, terror at being lost in the woods, moments that require true ingenuity, and a greater awareness of that incredible commodity—time. Time to explore the natural world and time to reflect inward, questioning paths chosen.
It didn’t occur to me to write a book about the cabin and my observations until I started to get letters from readers of my weekly outdoor column. Normally, I’d rarely hear from readers but whenever I wrote about the cabin I’d invariably receive several letters. They would encourage me to write more about my "shack on the mountain" and the adventures and misadventures that occurred. Some readers even wrote asking if they could rent the cabin, saying they wanted a vacation that involved roughing it, that they liked the idea of an outhouse! After I received dozens of these notes, I took a look at my cabin’s guestbook and journal and decided to tell the story of the first few years at the cabin. This book is a chronicle of growth during my twenties, mistakes I made along the way, and my evolution from the concept of "conquering" the land to one of stewardship. I wrote it with a light touch because some of the things I did are a bit embarrassing, and now that I’m in my late forties I’ve learned to go easy on myself. Hopefully, you will too.
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Book Description Capital Books, 2003. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11193186862X
Book Description Capital Books, 2003. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M193186862X