My son Daniel did a combat tour of Fallujah in 2007, but his other deployment with the Marine Corps was a MEU to the Gulf of Aden and Persian Gulf (which both he and I think is a horrible way to throw away money if we're never going to use the Marine Corps for anything on these MEUs except for humanitarian missions - but that's another topic). As the pre-deployment workup for this MEU, the Battalion underwent extensive training in evidence collection protocol and procedures. At the time I [read more]
Over the weekend we visited Jones Gap State Park in South Carolina, 6000 acres of mountainous wilderness. It must have been a new moon, and upon nightfall we couldn’t see our hands in front of our face. The critters stayed away, and although we were told to expect bear activity, we didn’t have any. My son did almost get bitten by a Copperhead.
Here I am attempting to cure my insatiable appetite for caffeine by use of my Isobutane stove. Mornings are tough without coffee. My one man tent is in the background. It was home for Heidi and me this weekend. My trekking poles are on the ground to the right under the log.
This is the river down below us that sang us to sleep.