Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Friday, June 12, 2009


I just returned from a two day horse back trip. We spent two days riding through a fire that burned 38,000 acres in 2004. It was awesome to see the recovery that has occurred in the past five years. When we left for home in 2004 the fire area looked like a moon scape. I was surprised at how well it has recovered.

I also cannot believe how sore I am. Everything I've got hurts - even with Advil and Extra Strength Tylenol. It sucks to be in this poor of shape. It is hard to get in shape to ride horses when you don't ever ride horses. I knew better - this is my first horse back trip in two years. Last year when they did this annual ride I was on a fire in Northern California.

I turned down a fire assignment this afternoon to an adjoining forest (first turn down in my career). It was a single resource order and I told them my team was up and I really didn't feel good about bailing out - hope that wasn't a stupid move. But then again I didn't know I was going to be this sore.


Lindsay-Weaver said...

I'm sorry you're sore! I can't believe how many muscles you use when you horseback ride. The next day, every muscle in your entire body hurts!

Amber said...

sounds like you need a good long soak in a hot bath! hope you feel better soon!