Currently in my quest through life, I am crossing bridges at work and at home. My wife, Heather, is 23 weeks pregnant with a baby girl. So far, the ultrasounds have been normal and her heartbeat is strong and she likes to kick box in the womb (much to the discomfort of my wife). Heather is a trooper and will be an amazing mother. We are both excited and are preparing ourselves for the adventures of parenthood that begin late January 2017. Another change took place last week, just in time for the advent of Autumn. I started a new job at the North and South Santiam Watershed Councils as their shared Restoration Projects Manager. This photo is of the beautiful Larwood Covered Bridge which is three miles north of Lacomb in the South Santiam Watershed. Roaring River drains under the bridge and into Crabtree Creek just downstream (fun fact: this is the only river to flow into a creek, an oddity that was featured in Ripley’s Believe It or Not). Winter Steelhead, Spring Chinook and Pacific lamprey utilize the habitat for rearing and spawning. I am driven to restore and preserve these natural areas not only for salmon and the community, but for my daughter to explore and enjoy in the future.