Wesley Arlin Brown, Greeley, Colorado, was born in New Mexico, a few yards from the dugout house described in the book. He has traveled over much of the wilderness areas in the southwest by horse, mule or foot. He received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, did graduate work at Redlands University, received his master’s degree from Western State College and his doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado. He spent thirteen years teaching in public schools of California and Colorado. He later taught literature, philosophy, ethics semantics and humanities at Aims College where he was given the title of professor emeritus. Among other things, he has been a farmer, miner, a tank driver in the U. S. Army, and a U.S. Forest Service employee.
Dr. Brown has written several short stories, various articles, and another novel, “Where the Flowers Sing.” He is working on two non-fiction books. The sequel to “A Mountain Man’s Story”—“The Last Switchback”—won honorable mention in the National Writers Club 1991 Novel Manuscript Contest. It was released in 1998 before the author passed away. He died in 2001.