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March 15, 2005

Memories of Adak

I had a vivid dream the other night. Spring had softly begun. The snow was melting, the sky was clear and there was a slight warmth to the air. Trees were in a light mist of green—promises of leaf buds.

I woke up this morning and it was grey. And cold. Snow was falling hard, and I could see the roads below our flat were covered in white, unplowed.

I was so disheartened.

But my trail of thoughts led back to when I was a child and I enjoyed the winter and cold and lived in Alaska. I have few family photos with me here in Kyiv, and none from that time. But I was able to google some great photos that brought back a lot of good memories. I couldn’t find any pics of the house where we lived, but lots of places and things I remembered.

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Adak National Forest

No tree taller than my dad.


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So kiss me and smile for me
Tell me that you'll wait for me
Hold me like you'll never let me go
'Cause I'm leaving on a Reeves plane
I don't know when I'll be back again
Oh, babe, I hate to go

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(All photos were linked from this site about Adak.)

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What an adventurous life you've led! The pics are beautiful!

Posted by: sparrow at March 15, 2005 08:02 PM

Alaska?? And, if I remember correctly, Texas too??

What an extreme childhood!

Posted by: Liza Q at March 17, 2005 08:00 PM

While searching the net for references to Adak, Alaska, I discovered your Blog pages. Your comment about regretting having no pictures of your time there struck home for me. After living on Adak for 2 years, the military lost my entire house hold goods shipment. Personal junk & clothes are easily replaced but all the lost pictures documenting my family's Adak life is impossible to recover. That is a part of their childhood that will slowly fade with time, and it is a shame. Your Blogs are quite enjoyable, Keep it up..

Posted by: Chuck Morris at February 3, 2006 09:52 PM

hi there tulip girl---i have some wonderful photos to send you of YOU on ADAK...they will remind you of wind whipping so hard that Bob T. had to give you and Marie a ride to the bus stop at the end of our driveway....(remember, we finally convinced the driverthat the big yellow vechicle could indeed turn around our quarters and she started picking you and Marie up at the back doors.) Also of you sliding down the hill behind our house and out at Shagak Bay when dad was fly fishing for salmon. You were a happy camper on Adak, and we have pictures to prove it. With love, mom

Posted by: maureen kuehne at April 15, 2006 12:10 PM

Mom, I did love Adak. And I remember the day that the wind was blowing so hard that I couldn't walk up the hill, and I was struggling and struggling, and a tractor trailer driver saw me and drove up the hill. (And I don't remember ever seeing a tractor trailer except that once. . .) I loved the big hill behind our house and I had my special spots to sit in the tundra there.

Posted by: TulipGirl at April 15, 2006 02:00 PM

Spent February '77-'79 on the rock at the NAVFAC, and this is the first picture of the Adak National Forest I've ever seen! Lived on Bering Hill in bks #10. If you want, you can go to Google, hit the maps link and type in Adak, AK. Use the satellite option and you can still see most of the barracks (It looks as if ten is gone).
Rich Hosgood
AT1 USN (ret)
Sunrise Beach, MO

Posted by: Rich Hosgood at April 23, 2008 01:54 PM

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