This is going to be a new experience, or at least one we haven't done in a long (long) while. We're leaving our South Carolina "home" tomorrow for a car trip (!) up to Pennsylvania and then over to New Jersey. We're leaving the Journey in the capable hands of our grandsons Andrew and Owie (supervised by mom Heather) to keep an eye on while we're gone for a week.
The scary part is we're going to stay in a couple of hotels (!!!) to break up the 700+ mile trip. Of course, last night I watched a news clip on bed bugs found in hotels. You can bet we'll be looking over those sheets with a fine toothed comb.
The main reason we're going is for our son Ryan's promotion to a U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer (E-7). It's a big deal and it will warm my heart to see the Chief Petty Officer Anchor collar devices that at one time adorned my uniform be placed on his collar.
It's a tradition for a former Chief to pass down his anchors to someone he feels deserves to wear them and I can't think of anyone more deserving for this honor than my son Ryan.
It's been an amazing journey to watch him grow from a young teenager into a mature man and leader in his career. Not that I'm a proud dad or anything.
We'll have a good time, too with Ryan's girls, our granddaughters Taylor, Kierra and Rebekah and their mom, Amber (that girl can cook!).
To make our trip a "two-fer", we're also going to spend a couple of days making a short two hour drive over the weekend to Jersey and see Corey, Amanda and little Anabelle. We need a double granddaughter fix to tide us over for the next couple of months.
We'll continue to post while we're gone and will include pictures...hopefully not of bed bugs! :cO
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