Cerro Alto , my home mountain , love this place . yesterday I returned from a short backpacking trip on the pine Ridge trail in the Ventana Wilderness , now I am enjoying the afterglow from that trip , more about that later . Today I am going to start posting a series of interesting people on Cerro Alto mountain . I start with a scene I have often enjoyed , dedicated people who train their bodies to serve and protect us . The first is a Cal Fire man carrying a heavy load and wearing heavy clothing and helmet on a warm spring day. I forget his name but he has served for 16 years and this is how he prepares for fire season every year and I note that this is his day off !! Occasionally , In meet some firemen from my town of Atascadero Ca. , 7 miles from this mountain on US 101 . I have a grandson , a captain on the fire department . His men also train on their own time , I love seeing them and recognize some of them . The second two photos are a young lady Cal Fire person named Jennifer . Each of these photos I took on different hikes . I have met her on the trail 3 times this spring and I am very impressed with her focus on physical fitness . She carries the bag she is holding filled with 5 gallons of water , weighing 40 lbs. along with her other equipment . At the top of the mountain she empties the bag . Once again SHE IS DOING THIS TRAINING ON HER OWN TIME ! Today I met her on her way down the mountain . I have met forest service employees on many trails in the state and am always impressed with their work !---- Thank You to all of you who work so hard to make the wilderness a better and safer place !!