The Last Season
Posted on September 20, 2019
This week’s post is fairly short. I read “The Last Season” by Eric Blehm this month. I really enjoyed it and I want to tell you all about it. However, although it’s a true story, Blehm also wrote it with a bit of suspenseful, what’s gonna happen next, kind of feel, and I don’t want to give too much away. Or, maybe it was in the news and you already know what happened. In any case, here’s my short review:
The telling of a true story, this book is about Randy Morgenson, who worked as a seasonal back-country park ranger for 28 years, living in the mountains for entire summers. He lived, breathed, and preached conservation in an effort to preserve the wilderness areas he so loved. He was considered one of the most knowledgeable and skilled rangers in the Kings Canyon National Park, and assisted countless lost, under-prepared, and injured hikers over the years. Despite all this, he himself went missing in 1996. This book tells of his life up to his disappearance, and the enormous search and rescue efforts that followed.
I really enjoyed this book. There were many points where I momentarily forgot it was a true story and not just a suspenseful ‘missing person’ work of fiction. I recommend this book to anyone who loves hiking, camping or mountain climbing. I really think Blehm did a great job of making sure we knew just who Randy Morgenson was – through interviews with the people who were closest to him, and excerpts from Randy’s journals. Some of the names, you may recognize. Randy’s wife, Judy, is an artist in Sedona – and Ansel Adams was a close family friend. Yes, THE Ansel Adams. He once told Randy that “Many of the greatest photographers were “amateurs” in the sense that they did not make their living from the art.” This book is a good reminder of the dangers that exist out in the wilderness, and therefore I am NOT recommending my mother read it, as she already thinks that I’m going to get eaten by a mountain lion when I go backpacking. I also actually learned a lot about what park rangers do.
Please share with me what you thought of this book. Also, let me know of any other adventure-related books you’ve read, that I should read. I’m always looking for additions to my “to read” list!