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By Eric Blehm

Destined to turn into a vintage of experience literature, The final Season examines the intense lifetime of mythical backcountry ranger Randy Morgenson and his mysterious disappearance in California's unforgiving Sierra Nevada—mountains as perilous as they're attractive. Eric Blehm's masterful paintings is a gripping detective tale interwoven with the riveting biography of a sophisticated, unique, and utterly interesting man.

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They took weekend camping out journeys to discover the Sierra every time Dana may deal with a Saturday off from the bank—which wasn’t frequently adequate. He was once an avid magazine keeper and reader. a favourite on his bookshelf used to be a second-edition advisor to the Yosemite Valley, released by way of “authority of the legislature” in 1870. The ebook, whose contents have been the paintings of the Geological Survey of California, was once illustrated with precise maps and woodcuts, all of which fueled Dana’s burning wish to make a residing and lift a kin in a desolate tract environment. Dana requested his spouse on various events, “Wouldn’t or not it's great to reside the place you'll stroll within the woods on a Sunday afternoon? ” It turned Esther’s dream additionally. yet within the Nineteen Thirties, not anyone left an exceptional activity to chase such romantic notions. Their first son, Lawrence (Larry) Dana Morgenson, used to be born on April 12, 1938. James Randall (Randy) Morgenson arrived on might 21, 1942, now not lengthy after the U.S. declared warfare on Japan and entered international struggle II. prior to Randy used to be 1 yr outdated, he have been baptized into the area of camping out in Yosemite by means of being bathed in a campfire-warmed bucket of water dipped from the Merced River. within the early Nineteen Forties, Yosemite used to be a photo of yankee lifestyles, with a space of the park put aside for “victory gardens” and uniformed military and military infantrymen and sailors billeted in semipermanent camps round the valley, together with the Ahwahnee resort, which was once extensively utilized by means of getting better infantrymen. In 1944, D-day signaled the start of the tip of the battle, and with the expected finish of gasoline rationing, the nationwide Park provider and its concessionaires ready for a surge in viewers. hence, Dana used to be provided a role in Yosemite nationwide Park because the place of work supervisor for its concessionaire, the Yosemite Park and Curry corporation. tomorrow, Dana gave become aware of on the financial institution. In August, the kinfolk moved into condo 102 on Tecoya Row, Yosemite Valley—the Curry Company’s worker housing sector. The small yet cozy clapboard half-a-duplex used to be, for Dana and Esther, a romantic desolate tract cabin. After greater than a decade of uninspiring table paintings at banks and years of discreet but power activity looking, Dana had discovered his dream to dwell and paintings within the mountains. It was once nonetheless a table task, yet that used to be of little final result. apartment 102 got here whole with dwelling and eating room home windows overlooking the waving tall grasses of the Ahwahnee Meadow. Towering over a wall of timber around the meadow stood the awe-inspiring granite monoliths of the Royal Archers, Washington Column, and—dominating the horizon—the world-famous part Dome. Their again door opened to yet one more dizzying wall of granite, which rose above the evergreen wooded area that surrounded the house on 3 facets. It used to be a wasteland utopia stronger via the sound of the speeding Merced and the nostalgia-inducing odor of piney campfires each one night. associates and kinfolk who came around commented that the Morgensons have been dwelling in a postcard. as soon as settled, Dana spent each spare second exploring the mountains and “learning their secrets,” he’d frequently write in his magazine.

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