The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 4, Deployment and My First Digital Camera

I survived my second deployment to Alaska, and my first deployment to Alaska at sea. After seeing Alaska during the summer, I came to see it much differently; beautiful, green, snow-capped, and peaceful. I came to truly love being out at sea. It was June, so the weather was much more tolerable for a Southern… Continue reading The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 4, Deployment and My First Digital Camera

The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 3, Station Hopping, Cognitive Dissonance

Station Hopping During bootcamp, we were given a “wish list” or ADC (Assignment Data Card). This is the time you write down all the dreamy┬álocations you might want to go for your first venture into Coastie life. Essentially, you pick several districts ranging from the East Coast, to the Great Lakes, Alaska, California, the Pacific… Continue reading The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 3, Station Hopping, Cognitive Dissonance

The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 2, Bootcamp’s Most Valuable Lesson

Bootcamp The last summer of childhood was superb. I surfed (bodyboarded) nearly every day, and the time that wasn’t spent in the water was spent with friends. It was the best summer of my life, by far. What’s more, my father was very supportive of my decision to join the military and wanted me to… Continue reading The Art of Taking Breaks: Part 2, Bootcamp’s Most Valuable Lesson