11th Hour, 11th Day, 11th Month

Today, I have no words. The following says more than I can ever say.

The price of freedom.
An overview of the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery, in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg. (Photo by Warrick Page/ABMC)
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.- Fourteen statues of helmets, rifles, dog tags, boots and photographs stand in front of Marines, families and friends of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, as they honor their fallen at a memorial ceremony here, March 31. These Marines made the ultimate sacrifice while honorably serving their country in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Lucian Friel (RELEASED)

Freedom never has been and will never be free.

HCMTrail Ride Update

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I have narrowed down the date(s) for this great adventure. There is still a little wiggle room here, and nothing is cast in stone… yet. But it soon will be. If you are interested in going, then contact me NOW. rdennard@memoriesofnakedfanny.com

Here’s the latest. We now have a six week window:

1 Feb through 15 Mar.

Within that window, we will Continue reading

UXOs

Every time I think about riding down the Ho Chi Minh Trail, all those bombing pics make me wonder… “How many of those bombs did I load and send-off.” More important… how many of those bombs I loaded didn’t blow up.” Then I think, “It would be the ultimate irony if… while exploring the HCMT, I got blown up by one of the bombs I loaded.”

I don’t think that’s really a big fear if we’re smart about stuff. Stay on the roads and trails that have been in use for the last 45+ years. Remote parts of the HCMT are okay too because the NVA cleared those the minute the last bombs dropped. With common sense, getting blown up by some of my own stuff is unlikely.

A puppy-dog, a child’s bike, and two 500 pounders. UXOs are a way of life in Laos. (Photo by Don Duval)

UXOs are still a big problem in Laos. The number of bombs and cluster bombs we dropped along the trail is beyond what I can wrap my mind around. I mean… Continue reading