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 16, 2011


I went to Inklings family reunion today and had a pretty good time really. I enjoyed visiting with my brothers in law and watching the goings on at the reunion. I haven't been to a lot of these because they are always this time of year---and this time of year has always and still is fire season. The difference---for thirty years I traveled everywhere I went with a red fire bag. When, or if, I got called (and I got called every year), Inklings would drive me to the nearest airport and I would depart for whatever part of the United States that was burning.

I spent 25 years on a Type 1 (highest ranked) team and 5 years on a Type 2 team. During all that time I never missed a single fire call---nope not one. So now I am picking and choosing when and if I go to an assignment. I refuse to ever travel with the red bag again when I leave home for some family gathering or something else and if I want to go to the reunion I simply place myself unavailable.

I assure you that during that 30 year time frame I made a lot of really poor calls and went to the assignment rather than stay home and turn it down. I missed a lot of planned fishing trips and other family gatherings for those assignments. SO WHY DID I DO IT????

Everytime I was financially strapped or needed a big check to get mny kids back into school or to pay the Dr. visits or the braces or any of those other types of things, I ALWAYS HAD A FIRE CHECK COMING IN THE MAIL---ALWAYS.

I don't have those same kinds of needs now and when I choose to go out it is mainly to keep my fingers in the game. I love the job and have never really considered what it would be like to be completely out of it. I would surely miss all the great folks out there that protect all of the citizens of the U.S. from fire. THEY ARE A GREAT BUNCH TO KNOW AND WORK WITH.


Nene said...

Well we're glad you can come visit when we come out.

Native Minnow said...

I'm glad you were there - it was nice seeing everybody again. It's just too bad the shocker didn't work.