Sharpening my chain
Hello from somewhere between Reno, Lake Tahoe and Carson City, NV! I really wish I knew where I was right now, but I won't dwell on the fact that I have no clue where I am as it's really not that important.
I am going to attempt to sum up my life in a few paragraphs, however the insane lifestyle that I am currently living might be too hard to put into comprehensible words.
Currently I am working with chainsaws removing fuels for forest fires in a park over looking Lake Tahoe, NV. Thats right, my job is using a chainsaw to cut brush and fell trees 6,000ft above sea level in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Lake Tahoe. My work week is Monday - Thursday, giving me a wonderful 3 day weekend, YAY! During the week I reside in a little cabin on top of a 8,300ft mountain, it is cold and snowy and ironic that the first time I am experiencing winter this year, it is spring back home. On weekends I have the pleasure of camping, hm there is not much more to elaborate on that, camping is camping no matter where
Cutting some brush
For those of you who haven't heard, my life has been completely chaotic since February when I was given a team of 10 people to lead. One of our Field Team Leaders resigned from the program and somehow I was the lucky one chosen to take over Silver 5, my new team. At first I wasn't really digging the change of pace from being on my own doing office work, to being the equivalent to a single mother of 9 needy children the same age as me; however, as time has progressed, I am really happy that I was placed in this situation and given the opportunity to get out into the field again. Being a Team Leader is by far the most challenging job that I have ever had, and wish that you were all here to experience this part of my life with me so you would have the chance witness first hand what I mean. At times I am the happiest person in the world, other times I wish I could curl up into a little ball and be transported back home to my warm bed with fleece sheets in a nice, safe, comfortable
Bucking a log
place. However, the only way for me to learn and grow is to break out of all comfort zones and life life on the edge. This job is a character builder and boy have I grown-up in the last 3 months.
In April my team and I became class- A chainsaw certified, and type-2 wildland firefighters, and mid-June will be deployed to work with the U.S Forest Service in one of the National Parks near Sacramento digging lines and preventing the spread of forest fires. Wow, what have I gotten myself into?:-D
So that is a basic, general synopsis of my life currently. I love it and wouldn't change any part of it for the world!
Until the next time I stumble upon free wi-fi...
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