Tuesday, August 21, 2007

White Bird, Idaho and a visit from my parents...

I spent a couple weeks down in Idaho on a fire assignment. The Poe Cabin Fire to be specific. It was 110 degrees just about every day and I was fortunate enough to have a seat in the GIS trailor with air conditioning and a prime view overlooking the Salmon River. I was stuck behind a computer for most of the assignment, but I did get a chance to fly in a helicopter on four palm-infrared flights over the entire fire area (including Hells Canyon). I'll post a few pics on the flickr site.

My/Our parents and sisters family came up for a visit this past week. We shared most of their marathon tour of Girdwood, Hope, Seward, Homer, Anchorage, Talkeetna, Fairbanks, Chena Hotsprings and Denali. A few of the highlights that we were involved in were riding the air tram up over Turnagain Arm in Girdwood, watching the grizzlies wrestle at the wildlife sancuary, hiking up to Exit Glacier, soaking it up at the hotsprings while a bull moose wondered around a few feet from us, and watching the sun burn the clouds away from Mount McKinley as our bus crawled through the park. Of course, it wouldn't have been complete without my nephew (and the rest of us) panning for gold at Kantishna. There should be a few of those pics posted as well.

We're approaching the end of the first trimester and it seems like every day is filled with new questions and changes. The baby has a healthy heartbeat and both of us are trying to learn as much as we can about this parenting stuff... I'm not quite sure when reality is going to truly hit both of us, but we're definitely aware that some major changes are going to be taking place VERY soon.

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