Colorado Firecamp - Salida, Colorado S130/S190 - Type 2 Basic Firefighter Training

Many years ago, during a Spartan Hurricane Heat (a 4 hour sufferfest equivalent to bootcamp), our squad leader mentioned he was a Hotshot firefighter. At the time, I didnt know what that was but I assumed it was something intense. Later that week, I did a little research on it and found myself quickly obessesed with the profession. What I loved was the sheer dirtiness and griminess behind it. No fame, or adulation. No calendar spread and little costumes that kids wear to mimic your profession. There was a sense of "just do your job and get out" behind it. Thats an attitude that has always resonated with me.

I had planned on doing this for some time, but life always got in the way. Maybe that was my excuse to not pursue this. Fast foward many years later, it was still something on my mind.

With a baby on the way, I felt there was no better time than now.

Like life will always teach you, there is no perfect time. There is usually only the imperfect time and the imperfect situation. Yet you go for it. When the means present itself, no matter how small, you take calculated risks and accomplish the thing you've been meaning to do.

All of the below photos were taken with a phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro.

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Engagement Shoot - Scouting

Today we went scouting for a good location for our engagement shoot session. We both prefer an outdoor setting, with Joleen having a preference towards having a forest vibe to the pictures. Upon recommendation of our photographer, we decided to check out Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea, CA. 

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The park itself was beautiful with a few spots exhibiting damage due to wildfires. 

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There is a beautiful Redwood forest here. The trees not being native to the dry conditions of Southern California, were planted in 1975.

There is a beautiful Redwood forest here. The trees not being native to the dry conditions of Southern California, were planted in 1975.

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Dodgers vs Rockies 6.25.2017

Joleen suprised me with bleacher seats (all you can eat) for this Sundays game. The Dodgers at this point had been on a 8 or 9 game win streak. These seats run a promotion for all you can eat hot dogs, chips, peanuts, nachos and drinks. I managed to partake by eating the hot dog with mustard and some onion and ditched the bread. Although bread is delicious, it tends to puff me up. The Dodgers went on to win 12 to 6 with 2 home runs by Cody Bellinger. 

We left around the 5th inning because it was so hot and due to a lack of shade, hence my boonie hat which Joleen hates...couldnt imagine why? :) 

Final Stats

Right field pavilion Row P

Right field pavilion Row P

Puig your Friend

Puig your Friend

Sunscreen all over the lens, hence the flare.

Sunscreen all over the lens, hence the flare.

SPF + 1000

SPF + 1000

Too much Vitamin D for one day.

Too much Vitamin D for one day.

The Grind

Current training volume.

Mon: Full body weight training: Squats, Presses, Rows Tues: 50 one arm kettlebell swings (each arm) 2.3 mile ruck with dog Weds: Full body weight training: Deadlifts, Presses, Rows Thurs: 50 one arm kettlebell swings (each arm) 2.3 mile ruck with dog Fri: Softball or Conditioning circuit training Sat & Sun: If time allows 50 one arm kettlebell swings (each arm) 2.3 mile ruck with dog. If not, just run with the dog no ruck.

My sleep hasn't been the best but I try to make up for it with more naps.

Dog rucking along the  Santa Susana State Park . The scenery is made up of  sandstone  formations in massive outcroppings and numerous boulders. I've seen a few coyotes in the past.

Dog rucking along the Santa Susana State Park. The scenery is made up of sandstone formations in massive outcroppings and numerous boulders. I've seen a few coyotes in the past.

Great weather. Grind weather.

Great weather. Grind weather.

There are plenty of power lines above and a trail that leads to somewhere obscure. When time allows, I'll explore a bit further. This seems to be prime territory for ticks.

There are plenty of power lines above and a trail that leads to somewhere obscure. When time allows, I'll explore a bit further. This seems to be prime territory for ticks.

Weds Night

Weds night fights:

Duke staring at the camera.

Duke staring at the camera.

Duke staring out the window.

Duke staring out the window.

Ikey wants to go for a walk.

Ikey wants to go for a walk.

Engagement Flowers! Thank you Shirley

Engagement Flowers! Thank you Shirley

WIWT while working out. These are  inov-8 bare-xf 210 minimalist shoes . Probably the best shoes to deadlift in IMO.

WIWT while working out. These are inov-8 bare-xf 210 minimalist shoes. Probably the best shoes to deadlift in IMO.

Grass fed yogurt. I found this at Ralphs for 0.69 cents. Im going to put this in my post workout shake.

Grass fed yogurt. I found this at Ralphs for 0.69 cents. Im going to put this in my post workout shake.

Foam rollin on The Orb.

Foam rollin on The Orb.