|Float Plane moving smoke jumpers|
|Over 50 Trucks waiting for opening of road|
|Helicopter with water bag refueling|
I must say that being at Relais Gabriel, the general store/staging area was an experience that we will probably never be able to duplicate. We were able to talk extensively to a bunch of truck drivers both French and English. We were there nearly 24 hours to the minute. I was able to talk to the Huey helicopter pilot about the aircraft of which I was a Technical Inspector during the Vietnam war. Of course, he didn’t call it a “D” Model Huey. It is now a 2005 A-1 Bell. It is the same 40 year old aircraft with all new parts. The hourly rate for the fire water drops is $2,900.00. I could go on and on with wonderful stories from a to z, but maybe when I stop traveling long enough, I’ll write a book. Just another short foot note... we emailed our daughters about our situation, but with over a hundred people at the staging area it took me four hours to get on line to hit the send button. I hope that tomorrow I’ll be able to upload a few of the dozens of pictures of the staging area congestion.
That is what we saw and did!