By Haley Yarborough

New book captures "What is Wild"


August 4, 2022

Haley Yarborough, Pathfinder

The cover of Carleen Gonder's self-published book "What is Wild Volume One - Landscape Immersions Essays and Photographs."

SEELEY LAKE - Carleen Gonder said if she ever writes a memoir, she wants to include a chapter about her time as the crazy lady up Bird Creek.  She commandeered the nickname while living in a small cabin in the wilderness of the Ninemile valley. The cabin had no running water or electricity and Gonder and her son relied on kerosene lamps, a wood-burning stove and a nearby river to fetch water. 

Because they were roughly a mile and a half from any dirt or paved road, her son would hike and cross country ski to the bus stop. The first time she attended one of his school functions, her ranche...

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