Monday, November 12, 2018

Boss Benefits

One of the perks of being the boss is that I can kick my employees out of the front seat of the helicopter if the mission is particularly good, the pilot is cool, or we are going someplace especially scenic.  Sorry/not sorry, they get plenty of lucrative assignments as it is and I put in a lot of time to get to where I am, cleaning lots of outhouses and pulling a lot of weeds along the way.

So when some filmmakers came to the area to take video for a documentary called "Your Forests Your Future," my minions didn't even attempt to ask to go.  Heh heh.  They knew I'd be all over it.

The filmmakers are two brothers with an ambitious goal to visit all the National Forests in the country.  They jumped excitedly into the helicopter, toting cameras and a drone.  I was along for the ride, helping them with their equipment and making sure they operated safely around the aircraft.  But let's be honest: I was also there for the experience.

Fall colors

Gunsight Mountain
Chinese Wall, Bob Marshall Wilderness
Frosty lookout
Sometimes I forget that it's really unusual to get to do this: to fly over two wildernesses in one day, stopping in at a remote backcountry station and a fire lookout, seeing herds of elk and snow covered mountains from above.  Then I remember, and I feel incredibly grateful that my hard work has led me here.


  1. Wonderful to reap some perks of the hard many sights and experiences that are really special...thanks for sharing this fun experience....and let us know if/when you hear about the documentary!!

    1. There's a website but only a couple of forests are up yet. I might be in it briefly.

  2. Ditto what northco said. Let us know so we can lay in some popcorn and enjoy the ride!

  3. Riding around in a helicopter with a film crew? Oh yeah, I'd definitely pull rank for that!

  4. You’ve earned the perks!!! And what perks they are!!! Gorgeous!!!


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