My Life in the Maine Woods
A Game Warden's Wife in the Allagash Country
My Life in the Maine Woods recounts Annette Jackson's North Woods experiences during the 1930s when she, her husband, and their children lived in a small cabin on the shore of Umsaskis Lake. Jackson, an avid sportswoman and nature lover, writes of hunting, fishing, campfire cooking, and the sounds of the wilderness through the seasons. She visits trappers and woodsmen, and tells what it's like to sleep on a bed of pine boughs under the stars that shine on the legendary Allagash. This new edition expands on Jackson's original, including not only new photographs, author biography, and foreword, but also new material from Jackson and revisions she made following its original publication.
Annette Jackson was born in 1906 and grew up in Maine's North Woods. She met Dave Jackson, a game warden at Umsaskis Lake in the Allagash Wilderness area in 1930, and they were married two years later. While raising the couple's children and hunting, fishing, and enjoying herself, Annette also started to write about her experiences. My Life in the Maine Woods was first published in 1954. She also wrote a popular newspaper column, "The Wisdom of the Timberlands" for a northern Maine newspaper. She died in 1971 at the age of sixty-five.