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, August 29, 2009


The first was taken in 2000 by a firefighter in the Bitterroot Valley. It was taken from a bridge across the river. I have a before and after picture somewhere showing the recovery a few years after the fire.

The second is a helicopter dipping out of first dam in Logan, UT to take water to the south end of the fire which was right up against the houses in Quail Cove. This was a fun fire because one of my really good friends and I got to put this one down together. It was a pretty big and fast burning fire and we put it down with 1 1/2 hotshot crews and the helicopter and were able to clip it in one day. Scared a lot of people because it was so close to the houses but didn't really even come close to burning any of them. The houses all had good defensible space and that was before the big push to develop defensible space around your home.


Nene said...

Wow, these are awesome pictures! I love that first one!

Amber said...

cool pictures, especially the first one!