One man’s journey from dream job gone wrong to a search for the last wilderness

A book by Nelson Guda

“Roadless” by Nelson Guda is a story of roads and places without them. Not just the roads you drive your car on, but the roads that wind through our lives and careers. 

After realizing that he had come to hate the job he had given up a dream for, Nelson set out to find and photograph the last places without roads in the US. Mostly wanting to escape a career that had gone badly off track and lose himself in the wilderness, he knew almost nothing about what he was getting himself into.

He had no idea that he would end up driving tens of thousands of miles, talking with lumber company presidents, ranchers and preachers, and delving into nearly all of the conflicts that revolve around our public land and how we use them.

Nelson also didn’t know that his search for these places would land him briefly in the US Senate Building in DC and set the stage for a massive change in his own life. All he knew for certain was that he needed to start somewhere, and he needed a map.

Photo of the week:

The Dark Divide Roadless Area, Southwestern Washington