After stemming the tide of the communist menace, Phil returned to the States and Colorado in 1969. He climbed, ski patrolled and did avalanche control work in the winters and built houses in the summers. He had a son, became an R.N. and worked in intensive care and emergency departments. He fixed and flipped houses, settled in Salida in 2011 and married Cindy. The people and the joys both in and outdoors will keep him and his family here.