Vintage Outhouse

Vintage Outhouse | Twisp, WA | July 2019

Edward Abbey (d. 1989), desert denizen and author who helped inspire the environmental movement, laced his in-your-face defense of Mother Nature with humorous observations. In “Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness,” his account of serving as a ranger at Arches National Park, he noted a placard inside a park outhouse: “Attention: Watch out for rattlesnakes, coral snakes, whip snakes, vinegaroons, centipedes, millipedes, ticks, mites, black widows, cone-nosed kissing bugs, solpugids, tarantulas, horned toads, Gila monsters, red ants, fire ants, Jerusalem crickets, chinch bugs and Giant Hairy Desert Scorpions before being seated.”