Trip to Lordsburg

A complete whirlwind of a weekend.  On Thursday, I was able to say goodbye to my Cadets after wrapping up the semester.  One thing I’ve done every year is make a video for the Seniors who are commissioning that gives them some advice in a language they understand.  I think it’s funny and they seem to laugh, but it’s hard to really know if something is funny if people feel an obligation to laugh.  Go ahead and watch it and let me know what you think.  If you’re over 40, there are plenty of words and phrases you won’t be able to understand.

Celebrating My Career

On Friday, I had an amazing time celebrating my Air Force Career.  I’m not much for ceremonies, but the team that put this together did perfect job.  The amount of talking was appropriate and allowed for plenty of time of socializing and cocktails.  A group of friends and I went to a few of my old stomping grounds from college.

Driving to Lordsburg

I was very grateful that my best friend took the time to drive me to Lordsburg from Minnesota.  Getting to Lordsburg is at least one flight and a train or bus ride and we were able to make it in about a day and a half of driving.  My buddy is an avid motorcycle rider and was very familiar with New Mexico so he showed me some sights before we made our way to Lordsburg.  Tomorrow morning I get on the shuttle bus to Crazy Cook Monument where I’ll start my adventure for real.


I can’t say how grateful I am to have this opportunity and to have so much support in my life to allow this to happen.  I often try and fail to say anything of significance when I speak in public, but one thing I hope people took away from my retirement speech is that if you truly want something, the first thing you need to do is tell people you want it.  I’m sitting in a hotel in Lordsburg about to start on a really cool expedition because I told people I wanted to do it and they bent over backwards helping me get here.  I don’t think I’m unique in that respect.

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Comments 2

  • Rosetta : May 3rd

    Wowee! Well, your hike sounds quite exciting! I know that you, as the ‘Rizz-ander’ will do great on this trail! Ope! My rosettes just finished, so I must go.

  • George Young : May 5th

    From Albuquerque, welcome to New Mexico.
    Yours is a great story; I’m eagerly looking forward to continuing to follow your reports. I’m not a through hiker, but we hit parts of the CDT for our day hikes. We’re planning to do Mount Taylor on the 18th, but I suppose you will be through those parts by then.
    With great admiration,
    George (also AF retired)


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