Sometimes you just need to be alone. Perhaps you’ve decided finally it’s time to write your hard-boiled detective novel. Maybe you’re inspired to develop that business plan you’ve been talking about for years. Or, you just want to get away and think. One key to moving forward is to find the place where the creative juices will freely flow. While Herman Melville wrote much of Moby Dick at the Manhattan’s New York Society Library, others, such as E. B. White and D. H. Lawrence, favored isolated wilderness cabins in which to write their masterpieces. Finding a conducive, distraction-free environment is no easy task. Texts, emails, phone calls, and people constantly impinge on your good intentions to really focus. So, here are a few ideas for locales that might enable a tete-a-tete encounter with your muse, or just a vacation where you can get away from it all.
Fire Lookout Tower: Spruce Mountain Fire Look Out Tower
Sited 55 feet above Spruce Mountain in Wyoming’s Medicine Bow Mountain-Routt National Forest, the Spruce Mountain Fire Lookout Tower offers dramatic views, a unique sleeping experience, and above all, lots of solo time.
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Used as a forest service fire lookout until the mid-1970s, the tower is available for rental from June through September. It is furnished with two single beds and amenities including a propane heater and stove, a refrigerator, lights, and cookware. A pit toilet is nearby. It’s all available for $40.00 per night. The tower is reachable via good gravel roads about 7 miles from Albany, Wyoming.