Get Out and See the Real World
Life passes much too quickly, so why not stop for a moment and see what it has to offer? Take a drive out into the country, park the car, get out, and take a few steps in any direction and you just might see something like the places I’ve posted here. Besides, it sure beats enduring the wailing, weeping, and gnashing of teeth seen on social media these days. And yes, this is indeed a wonderful and beautiful country, as you shall see below …
Near Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Ca.
One of the pools at Hearst Castle, San Simeon, Ca.
Mt. St. Helens.
Woman feeding gulls – Salem, Ma.
Tobacco, near Ellisboro, N.C.
Neighborhood in Bothel, Washington.
Tybee Island, Ga. – January 1st Polar Plunge and Guiness Book of World Records attempt at setting record for largest gathering of people wearing swim caps. Yes, we set the record (this was a few years ago), and Denene and I were part of the historic moment!
Ocean City, Md. one day after the 2008 Bouchercon in Baltimore.
California coastline near Big Sur.
Half Moon Bay, Ca.
From the deck of a Mighty Midget (the Nakha, formerly the LCS(L) 102), Mare Island, Ca.
From the website of the National Association of USS LCS(L) 102:
“LCS(L)s were usually involved in the first assault on the beach. Attacking the beach in a line, they made two runs, firing rocket barrages at 1000, 800, and 500 yards. After the third rocket barrage, they turned broadside to the beach and fired on targets of opportunity before heading seaward for the next run. On the third run, they were followed by the landing craft. As they approached the shore, they slowed to allow the troop-laden boats to pass by and deposit their men on the beaches. The LCS(L)s then continued to fire over the heads of the troops and remained inshore, firing on targets as they became available. On some occasions, they took Marine artillery spotters on board for assistance in locating enemy targets on shore. They were active in the campaigns for the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, and Borneo.”
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