My name is Darren. I’m a thirty something year old guy. I’ve spent the last 13 years of my life fighting Wildland Fires. It was my passion. I quite literally bled for my passion. Fighting fires is more than a job, it turns into a way of life. It has shaped me into the man I have become today. Near 10 years ago I met the love of my life. I knew as soon as I saw her that I was in trouble, deep. Through the years, the more I came to understand her, the deeper I fell in love. Although I knew that she was the spark of my heart, she refused to reciprocate. I kept moving forward, it was the only option. I invested all my being into my work. I lived, I learned, and I grew. At some point she began to love me. We are together now and my heart is complete. The kicker is that my passion has changed, fighting Wildland Fires has taken a back seat to my heart. It is a strange feeling. My way of life has changed. The commitment it requires to fight fires is secondary to my heart. The balance between the two I have come to realize is near impossible. Its time to rewrite my life. A different chapter in my story. I want to use this as a medium to relate this chapter. This is not for anyone but me. I hope this helps me keep my values, my principles, and my new life on the course I desire. I do not claim to be an expert on any of the topics on these pages. I am not a doctor/fitness guru/ninja, this site is my journey.