creative nonfiction by Kyle Mills
The young spruce trees around here give me hope—and I’d be nothing without my hope. Planting red spruce is something that makes me feel the same as leading students into the woods—a little like it’s two means to the same end. I’ve long said that the Dibble Bar is more than just a tool for making holes in the ground—it’s also the best weapon for the inconvenient revolution. I won’t be around to lean against the trees I’ve planted—but someone hopefully will—and with any luck there will be so many flying squirrels by then that they won’t have to look as hard for them as I do.
Kyle Mills is a West Virginian and lives at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center, works as a climbing instructor for Seneca Rocks Mountain Guides, and is also an adjunct professor of backpacking at Davis and Elkins College. Kyle is the author of Field Notes from the Alleghenies.