October 16th, 2020

Adventure, Just things, Outdoors, pictures, Road Trip, Travel, Uncategorized

When you see a fork in the road take it” – Yogi Berra

Today I volunteered to go out with the US Forest Service to help do some things in the forest. It was great to get back in the woods with the Forest Service again. I saw some more new territory and some amazing scenery. What started out as a grey overcast day ended up being a beautiful, partly-cloudy day in the mountains. The area most of these pictures were taken just has the classic Montana feel to it. Look at them and you can see where the term “Big Sky Country” comes from.

My first trip to the state was in 1987-88 when I was on the road doing concert work. I remember looking out the window as we passed Little Big Horn Battlefield and I understood the Big Sky analogy that very moment. If you have ever been in that area you understand.

I thought I would share a few pictures and a video from the day. Turn down your sound as the audio is just wind noise; it was extremely windy up on top about 9500 feet above sea level. I believe the video was the area known as Ruby Valley, the view is west from where we were.

I Know… it’s Been a While


Yeah, I have been quiet for a while but there really has not been too much to blog about recently. It has been a great summer so far!

It has been an interesting last few months. I have been really busy at work up here in the San Juans. We have really busted our asses trying to get a lot of maintenance projects done and we have really accomplished a lot of things. I think our team is really good together.

I really want to take a massive road trip at some point – probably in the next 3 to 5 years. I know some people who went on a year-long trip and had a blast. I know others who leave for many months and enjoy it. I think it would be fun to do Washington to the Atlantic Provinces through the upper US one way and take a lower Canada route the other way.

Just like my friends in Sequim and Port Angeles, I will definitely miss the new friends that I have come to know and hang out with up here over the last couple of seasons. Staying in touch is so much easier these days and I will still be within a few hours of where I am currently so it will not be far to visit.

I am ready to get back to the mainland; more things to do, cheaper groceries and gas, and not dealing with the ferry constantly. Will I miss it? Sure, I will miss aspects of it. Running a boat every day in the Sand Juan Islands, working on different islands…these things definitely do not suck. Seeing beautiful boats, talking to nice people, beautiful scenery…these things, too, don’t suck. But, I have lived on an island before and had NO conveniences except once a week when I went back across. I got spoiled in the short time I was in Port Angeles by having not only the convenience, but also the public transportation. I am also really excited to be able to hang out with my youngest daughter and spend more time in Seattle.

Knowing tese are the last few days I will be working here is a bit of a downer, but it is the nature of this path I have chosen and can lead to exciting and bigger things in my future.

THAT is what it’s all about. NOT the Hokey Pokey.