Friday, September 7, 2018

lazy blogger update

Except, it's now September; how did that happen?

Most of this summer has been nonstop work.  Luckily, a lot of it has been pretty fun: flying around finding fires and sizing them up, landing at fire lookouts, and getting to see some places that most people never see.
 
Some communications techs working at one of the lookouts we visited
The crew is hanging in there, although some of the minions are starting to dream about skiing and time off.  Although this month is also known as Snaptember, there have been no real brush fits or meltdowns (a few safety naps have been observed).

We fit in workouts when we can; sometimes it's only a short, bear-dodging run.  B., when told he had to stay in the area, puts on a weight vest and attacks an ancient elliptical machine. K. watches a ski movie and does box jumps.  The mechanic goes for a stroll; when he returns he finds bear tracks on top of his footprints.  The huckleberry crop in the high country was poor this year; the bears are staying low.

A couple trainees join us, and we send some regulars away on assignments.  It's stayed smoky most of the summer, but there are persistent rumors of rain coming.



We are all hanging in there.  Thanks for the support!



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    1. Thanks, Lynn, to you and your crew! (Was trying to post a "love" emoji but it didn't convert.)

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  2. The sacrifice of everyone on your crew and crews like you is appreciated!!!! Keep dreaming of the freedom of the off season!!!

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    1. We don't want to wish the summer away, but we do like the freedom.

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  3. It's hard, hard work and long hours with a lot of responsibility. But we surely do enjoy hearing about your mountain-top landings, fire lookouts and seldom-seen locations.

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