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  1. Okay, yet another update.... I finally received my DD215... two years after I started the process. Gotta love that government efficiency. ?
  2. My family had a lovely visit to Icelandic State Park in the far NE corner of ND back in 2009. It preserves the heritage of the Icelanders who settled the area. It's not too far from the city of Grand Forks. I have no idea about volunteer positions though. http://www.parkrec.nd.gov/parks/isp/isp.html https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_State_Park
  3. Just an idea, feel free to ignore it if it doesn't float your boat... If you end up with a smaller rig, I just posted in the volunteering section about this opportunity: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=10154 Big Bend National Park doesn't get the severe weather that most of the rest of Texas receives. And the pace of life is so, so, so s-l-o-w here. It's like we are 20-30 years in the past, and everything moves in slow motion. Definitely the type of place that one can regroup and breathe again. Just a thought.
  4. I don't know all the details; I'm just passing along the information. But a campground host is needed this summer in the Chisos Basin of Big Bend National Park in southwestern Texas. https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=10154
  5. This is a revival of an old thread, but I'm doing it anyway. Last evening we had to make the difficult decision to put down our precious girl. For the past month she had been steadily declining. This week saw a rapid decline. By yesterday she was in a bad way. Diagnosis was a likely brain or spinal tumor. I stayed with her to the very end. It was the least I could do for her, after her six years of dedication to me. It was probably one of the most difficult things I've ever had to do. My youngest son, who will be 11 next week, is taking it the hardest. Today we took it easy and mourned the loss of our precious girl. Cocoa was our princess, and she is greatly missed.
  6. Just talking to myself in this lonely room... room... room My voice echoes in here, all by myself. (LOL)
  7. My husband was tagged for a year long remote (military) assignment to JA, back in 1999. We had 3 year old twins, a 1 year old, and had just the week before learned we were expecting #4. To say I went into a panic is an understatement. Thankfully, the #2 guy on the list took the assignment and hubby didn't have to go. Divine intervention, that was. Edited to add: Yeah, it's pretty much a nuclear/chemical dump site.
  8. Meth lab is my first thought, sad to say. Hope I'm wrong.
  9. When you contributed to your 401 or TSP, was it a Roth or traditional?
  10. I recently stumbled across these entertaining short PBS shows about Big Bend. I thought you might be interested: http://video.klru.tv/video/2365854323/ http://video.klru.tv/video/2365859485
  11. Actually, no, the app does not need cell service (or WiFi) to work. Just your gps signal. It's pretty nifty! BillandKathy, about US-285... I'm currently returning to BBNP from Carlsbad Caverns. (Took my college kids there before they head back to college later this week.) Two things. One, there was a bit of stand-still construction as you cross into NM. Frustrating, to say the least. Second, today I got a cracked windshield just south of Orla, from one of the oil fields trucks. I'd estimate 90% of the traffic on that route is semitrucks from the oil field. If you can find a way to avoid 285, I would, if I were you. (Edited to add: Is there an alternative route??? I'm not sure there is!)
  12. Oh! I just thought of one more thing... (haha) If you have a mobile device, this free download app is a travel guide for the entire Big Bend area, all the way up to Alpine. You just play it while you are driving around, and it will narrate as you pass points of interest. It's a great app to have! https://www.justahead.com/?gclid=COTV4Y-8ptECFQkMaQodXH0O1w
  13. Thought I'd comment on this... Cattail Falls has been closed off to the public for a good reason. Recent environmental studies (by our park scientists) of the area near the falls are showing profound negative effects from human visitation, to the detriment of the local falls ecosystem. It is closed off until it can "heal" from the damage. Please don't visit Cattail Falls. It needs time to rest and become whole again. I know it's frustrating, but we have to protect the natural environment or there will be nothing left for future generations.
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