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« on: December 11, 2006, 01:24:29 PM »

Finally got around to pulling off a few pics.  1. is the mountain view out my back door.  this is Mt Hood.  If you have been watching the news, there are climbers missing up there right now.  I do some SRT in the summer.  Hikers from Portland constantly get lost on this mountain.
2.  This is one of my favorite trails along the Sandy river.  I took this in Oct.  by Nov. this river had flooded and the trail, part of my favorite campground, and about 20 houses were washed out by it.
3.  My youngests commissioning 1 year ago today.  he's getting his first salute from his older brother who now has 8 years behind him.





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.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2006, 03:56:57 PM »

Thats really cool, I haven't been to Oregon but REALLY want to go backpacking my senior year! And I'm thinking about the Air National Guard as a career. Congratulations on you're one son.
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« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2006, 05:21:26 PM »

Photos like those are American Beauty and American Honor - I'm proud to be part of the U.S. Navy Carrier Support Team!!!

Thanks for sharing these with us - Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2006, 06:21:29 PM »

thanks.  i have to admit that i'm feeling a little old today.  seems like only yesterday that i dressed them in little sailor outfits to meet daddys ship.....or opened my pack out in the dirt with the marines to find that one of them had hidden a little stuffed animal in it.  guess it's no wonder that they chose the military smiley

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Oregon is beautiful.  if you do get a chance to come here, there are many places to camp and hike.  you can follow the Oregon trail for many miles and walk in the wagon tracks of the old pioneers. 
i always encourage young people to consider some kind of service.  it does not have to be military, but if that is your choice it is a good one.  the skills, leadership, and discipline you learn will help you all of your life.  service also gets to be a life style choice.  after the military, i worked as a 4H leader and now work for the red cross.  there are so many ways to give back, everyone can find something that works for them.
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« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2006, 02:04:48 AM »

Those are great pics Kathy, and you must be extremely proud of those boys!
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« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2006, 11:03:53 AM »

Kathy, good for you!!!  Your young men look very good, I love that look of discipline.  Mt. Hood is really very pretty, when you had talked about the volcano in a previous post, don't ask me why, but I immediately thought of Mt. St. Helen's.  Funny how one's mind is singled tracked at times. 

My youngest grandson stayed overnight at a friends on Friday.  His first night actually away from home overnight.  He is 7.  He had to pack along his bedtime bear, stuffed in with his jamies.  Now that I thought was so cute, still lovin' that little guy that goes to bed with him every night.  Kids and what brings them comfort.  Great day. Cindi
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2006, 02:57:27 PM »

my youngest is home for Christmas.  he walked off the plane and he looks so young to be an officer.  we have been calling him ensign doogie (as in doogie howser).  unfortunately, the oldest and my grandchildren could not come up for Christmas.  the kids are 7 and 8.  girl and boy.  being a grandparent is great fun.  i think it's much better than the parenting stuff!   cool
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« Reply #7 on: December 18, 2006, 05:01:42 PM »

Just think Kathy, soon it will be Lieutenant Junior Grade, at which time nearly everyone calls him Lieutenant - that is a serious milestone in an officer's carreer - I get to see this often here as our Public Work Officers switch out commands.

Glad you got him home for some of the holidays!!!
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