It means a great deal to myself and the rest of the family to know that dad is being remembered and looked after in this way. tried to embed the video, don't know if it worked. video here
And so because of Josh, I was put in touch with a man named Brad Allen who is a paramedic on the Air Support Team. And so when I mapped out this trip across the country I contacted him to see if I could stop in and say "hello" in person. He was very gracious about it and when we got there we met quite a few people in the Sheriff's department, all of them were very gracious. Then Brad answered some questions for the kids about what Air Support does, and they got to check out the Helicopters. It was a great visit.
|checking out the Huey|
|I think this is everybody's first time getting inside a Helicopter|
|Thalia was not okay with the idea that her kids were up in a Helicopter, so she jumped in there to keep an eye on them. Brad wasn't the least bit phased, apparently when they work with the SWAT teams sometimes dogs are involved.|
From Kern County we drove to San Fransisco, we have friends there. Kevin and Nancy had kids at the same preschool as our kids, we only have one pair that over lapped, K & Joe were in class together. They too have quite a few kids, and Kevin is also a bit of computer nerd. We all drove up to Maine together one summer when we had only 3 kids (?) and they had 4. And then we all went to South Carolina for a week a different summer when they had 5 and we had 5. And some years ago they moved to California and we haven't seen them in several years... So we called and crashed their house for dinner. Nancy was working so we missed seeing her, but Tim, and Kevin and I talked and drank close to 3 bottles of really nice red wine and caught up on all kinds of things. The kids all acted like it had only been yesterday since they'd seen each other and disappeared. For hours. I think we left close to midnight. Awesome visit.
From San Fransisco we headed north to see the redwoods...