Ben Hiatt has brought this collection of editorials,
essays and stories to book form to show what a crazed lunatic can do, given enough spare
time and a typewriter or two. Throw in a computer and great God almighty, the man
just might make sense. These short "takes" on life in Ben's home base of
Mt. Aukum, a small town in Southern El Dorado county at the base of the Sierra Nevada
range, speak of the trials of life not only in small, rural areas, but life, period.
Take any one of these essays, which originally appeared in his local monthly
periodical, The Mountain Trader, and you will find your life on
the page. He will make you cry; he will help you laugh; he will send shivers of
total recognition up and down your spine. Follow him down into ragged canyons in
search of native mountain trout. Walk beside him under a half moon on the trail to Shriner Lake in the Mokolumne Wilderness. Look, with him, over the shoulders of
local beauracrats and politicians as he brings you information these worthies would rather
you not see.
This book will take you on a ride. All Aboard!