One of the great things about this job is experiencing Mother Nature, whether it be the abundance and variety of wildlife or the extremes of weather. I really noticed that on a hotshot load to Manitoba earlier this month. They were experiencing a hot, dry fall with temperatures in the high 20s the first couple of days of October, and a large grass fire got out of control in southeastern Manitoba. The small town of Vita was evacuated, with four home lost before the fire was contained Less than 72 hours later a freak snowstorm hit the same area, blanketing the town and surrounding area with more than 30 cm of snow and ice. Thousands of rural Manitobans were without power for several days while the utility company worked to repair the lines. It was amazing to hear how upbeat the residents were when faced with this unusual emergency situation.