After a full day of shooting at Tahoe I was driving back to Truckee when I got a phone call. Scotty Lago called me asking if I would join them for a bonfire session in their backyard. Being tired and hungry after the long day, I first thought that I’d pass. But I know Lago well, and I knew that if he says something is good and worth checking out, then it usually really is.
As I pulled in I saw the guys outside the house. I unpacked my gear and headed to the dark back yard. In the middle of it, there was a hole in the snow with a small fire. Above that I saw the jump and the flat landing on the other side. The run up to the jump came down through the middle of some small trees, pitch black, except for candles at the sides.
Lago said that he’ll give me a couple tries but that would be it. I set my gear up and looked up to the darkness. I only heard Lago’s voice saying, “dropping in five.” The other guys were gathered around the fire, which was now getting bigger and bigger. Lago gave it a couple of tries to get the timing right with the flames, while the boys almost had their faces grilled off. It was definitely a better end to the day than staying in my hotel room.
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