Thursday, June 30, 2011
30 June 1969...off to Vietnam, and Rising Early on a Summer Morning
Last night, with no games, I had several beers, watched "Die Hard" and hit the hay at around 11....after getting up to let the old Airedale, Reagan, out at 4:30, I went back to bed for another hour or so....then at about 5:45 I awoke, and decided right then and there to get up and go take some photos of the sun rising across Grand Lake St Marys. I didn't have much time to think about it...the sun would rise over Grand Lake about 6:10, and I had to get to the West Bank Road. The sun this time of the year, rises in an almost North and East direction over the lake....so I knew I had to get down towards the park to get my shots.
I grabbed the keys to Patricia's Dodge Nitro, and headed out....as I approached the park in the quiet and gloam, a doe and her two fawns jogged across the roadway..."It sure is peaceful this morning" I thought to myself. I parked the vehicle, and while the Canada Geese and their nearing adult young went on feeding, I began to take photos of the approaching sun coming up through the trees along the north side of the lake, the trails left by passing jets, and a few skittering clouds. Some of the results are posted here, and on my Western Ohio Weather Blog(link on the right side border of this post).
Yep, I really do need to get up early more often...my mind says I will do that, my body? Well let's say, that part of me needs to be convinced....
June 30, 1969...off to Nha Trang, RVN
So...it began, this day, 42 years ago...how time does fly by.
The tournament action begins for me tonight...as I have a Winner's Bracket final in the Jr ACME tournament in Convoy at Crestview...tomorrow I will be back there for the final elimination game in the double elimination tournament. The action will pick up in the Varsity ACME Tournaments as the month of July begins...baseball will draw to a close for another season my next month's end.
Photos-Three of the 40 some photos I took this morning looking out from the west side of Grand Lake St. Marys....still working on them, to see which are the best, my best guess is I have about a dozen "keepers"....also June 30, 1968 mom and me the morning of my departure for Vietnam....and TSgt Phil Lange my old NCOIC at the Law Enforcement desk at the Airport at Nha Trang....LE with the 14th SPS would be my home for the first 6 months in country, and my favorite duty station in my four Air Force years.