Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

Saturday, November 09, 2002

Off We Go! A New Adventure Begins

As they say, "and a wake-up."
This is the last sunrise I'll see from the dorms before we get...
Commissioned!
I drove down from Maxwell AFB, AL to Hurlburt Field, FL that same day. My first salute as an officer was actually from the Hurlburt gate guard.

Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Um, yeah, so this is where I finally ended up, after leaving my apartment in Boston on July 24th. That's 107 days, and over 8,300 miles! I guess that, technically, I was a nomad for nearly four months when you consider that I had no permanent address while at OTS. Imagine trying to pack everything into a 14 cu. ft. trunk and back seat that you thought you might need somewhere in the U.S. in the next 4 months.

And now for the next adventure!
Look out future, here I come.

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Thursday, November 07, 2002

Third Lieutenant?

Today is the day before I am commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. All of our training requirements were completed earlier, we're technically no longer considered Officer Trainees. But without that commission, we're in a rather humorously titled status known as "Third Lieutenant." Check out the rank on the shoulder boards.
The cool kids still ride at the back of the bus.
Ah, the memories of OTS. And I get to revisit them every couple of years as I get sent back to Maxwell AFB for additional professional military education.
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