I’m in Jackson, WY, this week for a work conference. This is the 20 year anniversary of the Yellowstone Fires so the International Assoc. of Wildland Fire is hosting a conference talking about the lessons learned and current fire support, from the mapping side of things, to the fire behavior science, to clothing firefighters wear. Since I was 10 when the fires burned, I don’t have much memory of the event. But it’s fascinating hearing talks from the now 79-year old main fire behavior analyst who predicted the fire growth every day (these fires burned more than a million acres in 1988 around and in Yellowstone NP).
Anyway, Jackson this time of year is gorgeous. I drove up through Idaho Falls and then went East through Victor and Wilson. The trees are turning colors and it’s definitely fall up here. It’s good to get out of the office and in the field, even if the field is a conference.
I also saw the Tetons for the first time today without the clouds interfering. They are really something else. I could live up here, but I am sure Jen wouldn’t like the longer winter and more snow they have here.