This story featured in the 2012 July issue. "Desolation's way up there, Ray, six thousand feet or so looking into Canada ... thousands of miles of mountains, deer, bear, conies, hawks, trout, chipmunks. It'll be great for you Ray." Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums. I had a call from an old friend who lives on Ross Lake in the North Cascade Mountains. Tom had worked summers at the floating resort there back in the '60s when the rest of us were dropping acid.