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Two weeks after our graduation ceremonies in 1963, I found myself undergoing basic cadet training at the United States Air Force Academy. That led to a 21-year career as a nuclear engineer in the Air Force. I was stationed in Florida, New Mexico, California, Maryland, London, and finally back in Florida – where I retired in 1988. I returned to the DC-area to work as a contractor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. While there, I met and married Sandy in 1995.
Sandy and I are kindred spirits – we both love travel and finding new adventures. When Sandy retired from NASA, we opened a travel agency in Reston, VA. That gave us opportunities to travel to Portugal, Thailand, Hawaii, and Great Britain among others. In early 1999, we sold our house in Reston, moved into our 30-foot fifth-wheel RV, and took off to see America. We spent a year criss-crossing America and Canada, spending about a week in each location. Then we hopped an Air Force flight bound for the South Pacific, and spent 3 months in New Zealand and another 6 months in Australia – including a fabulous New Year’s Eve in Sydney to usher in the new millennium.
Slightly weary of the vagabond life, we then bought a canal-front home in Satellite Beach, FL and confined our RV excursions to the summer months. But we definitely continued travelling. We have been to South Africa, South America, Antarctica, Italy and China. The summer of 2012 will include a cruise to the Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, and Slovenia. That will bring my total number of countries visited to about 75 (depends how you count them).
There are not a lot of things left on my bucket list. I have been to a Super Bowl (SB VII capped Miami’s perfect season with a 14-7 win over the Redskins; went with Jim Morrow and Brian Gleason). I have climbed to the top of Grandfather Mountain and gone scuba-diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Finally broke 90 playing golf and have scored an eagle on a short par-5 in North Carolina. Visited all 50 states and all 7 continents. Caught a 650+ pound blue marlin off the Outer Banks. Broke the sound barrier in an Air Force F-100 Super Saber fighter jet at Mach 1.05. Skied at Val d’Isere and Zermatt as well as Vail and Aspen. Hiked and camped on the Appalachian Trail. Dined on emu in Australia, eland in Africa, Nile perch in Egypt, Beluga caviar in Moscow, and goat-cheese soup in Tibet.
Finally, about 3 years ago, we acquired a log cabin in the mountains of northeast Georgia, and sold our fifth-wheel. We now spend much of each summer at our GA cabin and the rest of the year at our home in The Villages, FL. We have 3 children. Jeff works for Google and lives in Santa Cruz, CA. Jenni owns two tattoo shops and lives in Leesburg, VA. Ryan helps the US Navy develop jet engines for its fighter aircraft and lives in Huntingtown, MD. We also have four lovely grand-daughters.
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