On the first of September of 2010, my brother-in-law and I hiked up to the Red Top Lookout tower in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. We spent three days on fire tower duty. To say the scenery was spectacular would be an understatement. We did a scan for fire and/or smoke every fifteen minutes during the day. Between those times, we were the official welcoming crew for hikers who wanted to visit a fire tower. We are scheduled for duty on the first of September again this year.