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!

Saturday, July 18, 2009


It has been a whole week since I added anything to this but that is mostly because I have been a little busy. My management fire has finally hung itself up along some cliffs, small draws and light fuel types so it is over. There is still a little smoke hanging around and it will be there for quite a while but the fire has very little potential to get back up and run. I am very pleased with the results.

Yesterday we had a going away barbeque for one of the women that work for me. She is my lead fire person so I will dearly miss her. She is really good at what she does and where she is going she will do good.

We are getting a new guy in to be her acting while we try to fill it permanently. It should be good to see how this new guy works out. He works nearby and I have done fire with him in the past but he was not the one in charge - I'm looking forward to see how he reacts in tight spots and under pressure. From what I have seen he should be really good.

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