My DH also got to be Smokey, and now my girls ages 3 and 5 think that that is just daddy’s job. They know he is a fire fighter, but they heard me saying that being Smokey was his “dream come true.” He has wanted to work for the forest service and be a fire fighter since he was a little boy in boy scouts, so he is living his dream.
It sounds like you, and Oregon Jewel are all somewhat in my neck of the woods, we are in No. Ca. I have not been to Crater yet, but my DH has and wants to get me there as soon as time permits.
Hope everyone had a safe weekend,