Today’s post is a continuation of our story about our 2005 RV travel adventures.
We spent the first weekend in February 2005 with our two sons to have some time together before our youngest shipped out to Iraq. After a fun weekend enjoying casinos, food and each other it was time to get back to business. Our oldest AJ returned to his home in San Francisco, we returned Christopher to the Marines and Kathi and I stayed in our RV at the 29 Palms Golf and RV Resort.
Monday morning, February 7th, we went to the base and drove Christopher around to pick up the supplies and equipment he needed for his tour in Iraq. Kathi’s journal states, “It doesn’t seem real -- we should be sending him off to soccer camp – not to war.” Christopher was mentally ready to go since the day he decided to get in the fight. He was attending the University of Houston in the day time and listening to the news in the evening. He told us at the end of the semester he was going to join the military and do his part.
Now it was time to go and I know we were all apprehensive, but we did not discuss it. We agreed to think positive and make the best we could from the situation. Christopher had the necessary training and he had friends to fight for and with, so he was confident that he could do whatever task was assigned to him. Kathi and I were proud and worried – maybe concerned is more accurate. Today we are just glad he did his part to contribute and it is over for him.
On Tuesday Kathi made spaghetti for us and then we took Christopher and his Marine friends to the commissary for some food shopping. They each paid for meals out of their monthly salary, but Christopher seldom entered the chow hall. He preferred junk food in the barracks. The young Marines are always fun, but they were really fun to watch at the commissary. They all headed different directions keying in on their favorite foods, mostly snack foods.
On Wednesday Kathi and I went to see “The Aviator” about Howard Hughes. Leonardo DiCaprio was excellent in his part. He really displayed the eccentricity of Hughes. It was nice to get things off our minds for a few hours. The next few days we saw a lot of rain and stayed in the RV reading most of the time. On Sunday I picked up some of the Marines from the base to get haircuts before Monday morning duty call.
Monday evening we picked up Christopher and his friend Andrew Harris and took them out for Mexican food. On Tuesday I provided taxi service for a few Marines making final preparations for their tour of duty. Christopher sent me home with his will and other legal paperwork. That had the effect on Kathi that you would expect.
Next post: Preparation for Iraq – Part II