Doug "Boy Scout" Harding, a self-described "retired hobo" heads to Marshall White Park after picking up an early morning beer on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. After several decades of hopping freight trains and working odd jobs around the west, Harding has spent most of the last two years in Ogden camping out and living in homeless shelters. Now 57, he is in the final steps of getting his own apartment.
Doug Harding smokes a cigarette in downtown Ogden as he waits to hear about a possible apartment that he could move into on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Harding says he enjoyed the hobo life for decades, but began thinking of settling down when a fellow train rider asked him if he was still going to be riding the rails at 75.
Homemade signs cover Doug Harding's front door. Harding says he has had to keep some former homeless friends away who he feels are trying to take advantage of his new home. He recently kicked out a woman who was staying with him because she would be loud in the middle of the night and he didn't want to risk upsetting his neighbors and getting evicted.
Steven Flattree, left, and Doug Harding dump a wheelbarrow full of dirt and building scraps into a garbage can behind an apartment in Central Ogden on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016. The two men worked together shoveling snow while they were both homeless fifteen years earlier. Flattree, who now works as a contractor, recently found Harding and will hire him occasionally to help out.
Old friends and strangers hang out in Doug Harding's living room as the weather gets cold in early December. When the weather gets bad, homeless people regularly stop by looking for a place to warm up. Harding says he has lost many friends because they just try to take advantage of his living situation.
Doug Harding takes a break from cleaning out his living room as he gets ready to abandon his apartment and return to camping on the outskirts of Ogden on Aug. 29, 2016. "Society didn't give up on me," Harding said. "I gave up on them." After seven months in housing, Harding was broken down by what he saw as his homeless friends taking advantage of him and his apartment.
Doug Harding takes off his dress shirt as he leaves court and heads to the FrontRunner station in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. After the surprise of getting off relatively lightly, Harding says he'll be staying in his apartment long enough to find a place in the country that he can move to.