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!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Last fall I took on the rehabilitation of two fires that burned quite a few acres in our area last summer. I worked part of the months of November and December and finished most of the work on the largest fire before we got snowed out. I have been watching the largest fire to see when I can get back in with the equipment and repair the damage we caused to the roads and re-contour the landings and reseed them. I have also been waiting for the snow to leave the other fire so we can make the aerial applications of a soil binder and the mulch.

It kind of feels like I am bound to the area waiting for this to happen so I can finish what I agreed to do. I have asked people on the Districts to check out the snow levels and let me know how close we are getting to being able to go back to work. I have gotten no answers yet. I know we have a little time left before it is dry enough to start working on these projects but it would be nice to have a little information to work from.

This has been an interesting thing to work on but it sure feels like it has tied me down as far as what I can do and where I can go. I think in the future I will stick to fire suppression---when you get home you are done---no question about it and you don't have to wait to get called to finish it up.


Nene said...

One of my pet peeves - waiting on people who take their sweet time....

Dee Ice Hole said...

A lot of this is waiting on Nature to take it's course---which is also frustrating.

Looney said...

Do you prefer intermittent work to full time? I would like having breaks now and then, provided I knew for certain that I would be back working sometime. The worst is being out of work and not knowing.