March 4, 2010

Hey You! Lookout!


Even though it has been the wettest winter in decades, preparations are well underway for the 2010 fire season. The training of the SBNFA Fire Lookout Hosts starts next month and I'm teaching the Natural History and Interpretation sessions of the training, so I'm already doing my homework.

I'm the volunteer leader for the Black Mountain Fire Lookout, on the shoulder of Mount San Jacinto. Click on the photo for a larger version and you might be able to see me standing in the right (southeast) corner of the tower. The purple line shows the approximate location of the lookout. In the foreground is San Bernardino. On the other side of the mountain is Palm Springs.

These lookouts are staffed 100% by volunteers who spend at least one day a month standing watch. If you think this sounds like a wonderful experience, you're correct. If this is the year you want to try it, you better hurry because the training is only offered during April of each year and you need to complete the training before you can take a turn. Be sure to send me an email if you're interested.

On a side note, here is my new favorite commercial:

3 comments:

Eric Stephenson said...

Wow! I bet the view is absolutely intoxicating from there. I hope you don't spot any fires though!

Stanley said...

So which one are you in the video ??? Wait Wait Wait, I really don't want to know..... TMI....

Cheers,
MONGO....

Ed said...

I'm the dancing bear, of course. But I gotta ask, is that fox singing "where the Longhorn Cattle PEE on the lonely Jimsonweed"?