Above: Holland Lake, Montana
Well, I’ve been incredibly delinquent in my posting this past month, and while it’s been for good reason, I feel it’s time for at least a quick update.
A lot has changed since my last post. I’ve moved on in my work life, accepting and starting in a fire and aviation data collection and research position in Boise, still working for the Forest Service. This was my tenth season in helitack, and while I had hoped for selfish reasons to finish a full season, it didn’t work out that way. I think I can still claim ten seasons in helitack though… the last few days I was in Garden Valley I actually saw nearly as much fire from the front seat as I did the two seasons before. I’ll miss the helicopter time, and some of my coworkers, but on the whole I’m extremely excited to be heading in a new direction, and on to new adventures.
Above: Sapphire Lakes, Montana
So, my last day at GV was about three weeks ago. I had planned a summer vacation for the first time in a long time, and I left for Montana a bare few days after accepting my new position, and I had a two week period where I was done with GV but not yet started in the new job… it was fantastic. I spent a great two weeks with family and friends in the Swan, got some hiking and photo taking in, and made time for family and myself. While I felt bad, watching fires around the Boise area on the news, I reminded myself it’s only a job. I was able to be with my sister and her family for my niece’s third birthday, and that to me was worth more than any overtime I missed at work. It’s tough, absolutely, to make time for family in the middle of fire season, but as I said in an earlier post, fires will happen year after year, but my niece is only going to have one third birthday. Easy decision, difficult execution.
Above: Bubbles with my adorable niece.
So that’s the update in a nutshell. I’ve got some great personal, leadership, and photography posts planned for the future… I’ve just got to make time to do it.
In the meantime, I uploaded a few hundred pics to my Flickr page, check it out.
Until next time…