This is why I stopped moving up, even though many of my former coworkers and even those I trained when they were rookies have gone past me as they climbed the ladder.
This is why I still come to work.
I could have a nice office. I could have a higher base salary. I could have the respect accorded those who have achieved a higher pay grade. But then I wouldn't have days like today, flying through the mountains in a helicopter to look for fires, looking at lakes still frozen in high alpine cirques and lonely green valleys.