Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Going Deep!

It's been a long few days of traveling, but I have finally arrived home. The excitement, smiles, and hugs have been wonderful as I've enjoyed the day with my family. But crossing eleven time zones in two days without more than a few hours of sleep has left me exhausted. I'll be crashing early tonight, and spend the next few days getting reacquainted with a normal life.

I have enjoyed keeping this journal as a record of my experiences over the past year. Marking time with a daily post was an excellent stress-reducing routine, and looking for interesting things to share helped pass time in an otherwise dull and monotonous place. I have had many more interesting stories than I could share publicly, I have made good friends and look back on this last year as one of the most rewarding times in my life.

As I am no longer in the "desert", I feel this is an appropriate time to bring this blog to a close. It will remain available, of course, as long as the information in it is relevant to future Individual Augmentees, but this will be my final post as I slip beneath the waves. I encourage you to continue reading the other fine sandbox sailor blogs listed in the blogroll to the right, especially The One Wire, My Desert Adventure, Sandboxrich, the Segredo Family Blog, The Adventures of Professor Lieutenant Soule, The Landlocked Sailor, Mission Iraq - Round 2, and Air Force EWO in Iraq members of the group replacing mine. I'm sure they'll appreciate having an audience and hearing any comments you have about their experiences.

Fair winds and following seas! Dive! Dive!


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the posts everyday. I have made your blog a must read everyday since you started. Now that I am hooked I will be checking on the other ones still in the sandbox.
God bless you all.
Welcome home!

katiescarlet said...

I am very glad that you made it home safely. Thanks to you and your family for fighting for freedom!!

God bless

hh1034 said...

Thank You for your blog over the past year. Write a short story later about the things that can not be said at this time. Tou can still post a few things from time to time. After you retire then you can blast away.

bothenook said...

Dan, thank you for your blog over the last year. it has been hard to get "on the ground" observations from the press, and it has been blogs like yours that kept a lot of us informed. Welcome home, and don't be a stranger to the blogosphere

sandboxrich said...

thanks for the insight, your blog gave me a good bit of 'headsup' for my upcoming IA to jccs-1. rich