Emily Mullen: Uptown’s Merchant of Joy
Emily tried office jobs, but they never sat right with her, so she went back to her roots and worked as a counselor at a YMCA camp that she attended every summer growing up. For a while she chased summer, working in the U.S. before heading to Australia for their summer seasons, and back again. A native New Englander, Emily eventually settled in Montana while working for a few years as a tour guide for a company that focused on the American West. But when the tourism season—like most everything else this last year—was upended, Emily signed up for another job that tapped into her love of the outdoors. From July to September, she joined a crew that traveled between remote fire camps in the Western U.S. to keep frontline wildland firefighters fed. With long days in these tough conditions, the crew would set up as close as they could to the forest fire, cooking the 6,000 or more calories’ worth of food each firefighter burns a day. After a long, hot season, Emily returned home to the Northeast.