Ash and I took on North county. We started Ramona around 9am and headed out the 78 to Intermountain, Witch Creek then on to Hwy 79 where we hit a few other stations. Stopped in Temecula for lunch and to meet up with a Battalion Chief for the USFS Trabuco District. Cruised down the 15 to Red Mountain, Miller and Deer Springs then back up Old Hwy 395 to Old Castle and made our way to Valley Center and Rincon. We got Back to my place about 540pm.It was a long day of driving but I had SOOOO much fun talking to everyone at the stations! We spent a good 20 minutes or so at each station. Some a little longer..
The drive was beautiful! Snow capped mountains, open fields...ahhh.. The only bummer was Ash wouldn't pull over to let me play in the snow on the side of the road. She said it was " dirty and full of junk". Kill-Joy...just kidding. It did look a little yucky in spots so I guess it is best we didn't stop.(Warner Springs Area)
Gloria and Staci took on South County. Staci said they also had a great time talking to all the people at the stations. I am sure they really enjoyed the llllooooooonnnnggg drive way out East to White Star. Patti took care of Battalion two and few of our rural stations. I haven't talked to her yet but I am positive she had fun too.
I have to say (in a non-biased sense of course) that I work with the most amazing people on the face of the planet. Not Just everyone in the ECC but everyone out in the field. I had some great conversations yesterday. This will be a Christmas/Holiday season I will never forget. Everyone was so thankful.
I won't lie.. on Friday I looked at the grand scheme of things and got a baby-bit overwhelmed. I was worried we wouldn't have enough cookies or no one would be able to help out. I was worried for no reason. It all went perfectly. OH... and I didn't make a total fool out of myself.. much. I mis-judged a step at Witch Creek (it was larger than I thought) BUT I did not fall. I gracefully kept walking. Ashley and I were cracking up. Leave it to me to make a dork of myself in front of firefighters. Then there was the little mishap at Deer Springs Station 12 (they dont know about this so shhh). I remembered I had a card for them in the car so I started jogging towards the deck when I hear my friend lovingly yell "Watch out for the stairs". I clear the stairs no problem but my leg smacked right into one of the chairs on the deck. Ouch. I don't think it made a loud noise so they all think I had a day without any injuries. Let's keep it that way, shall we?
I forgot to take pictures at the stations but here are pictures of preparations:
Decorating about 18 dozen sugar cookies! Lisa, Staci, Bob and I
60 plates of cookies.