Guess Who? Name This Famous Naturalist/Author

Let's have a little fun. You've probably played our Mystery Destination Game in the past, but this week we're going to play Guess Who. That's right, read the 5 clues below about this famous naturalist and author then guess who we're talking about. Enter your guess in the comments below.

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  • One of this author's most famous works was written from notes and sketches made while living in a trailer in Arches National Monument (now a National Park) when he worked as a seasonal ranger in 1956 and 1957.

  • He is often quoted across the internet for inspiration to get outside. One famous quote is "May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds."

  • In addition to his time at Arches National Park, he also worked as a seasonal park ranger at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, the Florida Everglades, and then as a fire lookout in Lassen Volcanic National Park but he is most known for his connection to the desert Southwest.

  • Along with some beautiful nature narratives that have been compared to Henry David Thoreau, this author wrote a fictional novel that is cited as an inspiration by radical environmental groups.

  • After his death in 1989, his friends buried his body in the Arizona desert where "you'll never find it". They reportedly carved a marker that reads "(His name), 1927—1989, No Comment"

Do you know that name of this famous naturalist and author? Enter your guess in the comments below. We'll give bonus points if you can name the two books mentioned in the clues.

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Andy Hawbaker
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Andy is a hiker, backpacker, snowboarder and outdoor fanatic. When he isn't exploring the Rocky Mountains, burning marshmallows or scratching his dog behind the ear, he shares his experiences here on the Sierra Trading Post Blog.
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