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!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Here is an updated map of the Twitchell Canyon fire. When I was just starting to fight fires we had great base maps that you could see the contour lines and read all the drainages, peaks and points of interest onto which we penciled the estimated fire with all our great technology we have maps with the precise location of the fire perimeter but the only way you can tell where it's located is by using a GPS unit. That's not totally true but the team in charge of this fire could use a better base and then you wouldn't have to see my crayon writing identifying the streams and peaks. Guess I'm just too old to learn new tricks but it is possible to have it both ways---just takes a little effort---which is apparently too much to ask. I guess this is my blog and if I choose to use it to bitch about something that really makes me mad then I get to do that---so there ya go.

Proof positive that the squeeky wheel gets the grease.

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