Friday, February 28, 2014

Spring is coming so time to head north before everyone else needs to cool off!

Crazy me never, well maybe a little but isn't that what makes me, me?

As always here is the info on the fundraising page for VetDogs Attention: I have a Personal Fundraising Page for VetDogs Now! Please follow this link and make a donation to help another veteran like me get a service dog 

So when I woke up this morning and the temperature was a balmy 2 degrees outside and the weather dude was saying that we may get another foot of snow between Sunday and Monday the first thing that crossed my mind was to plan a trip to Maine.  I guess that means that I am truly a New Englander at heart or absolutely insane or both maybe.

Whatever the case happens to be it only made sense to me to go to a place that my heart has always loved and that is the coast of Maine.  In my mind everyone has seen the rocky coastal pictures of the lighthouses in summer with the blue sky's but how often do we see those same lights that worked year round when the weather is still less then perfect for vacations?  Being a broken sole myself put out to dry so to speak I figured some of these retired lighthouses should be shown in there glory times which in my minds eye is when the weathers less then appealing.

So I contacted the West Quoddy Head Light House info contact person this morning and I guess ME. is similar to here when it is winter people spend more time on the computer then out playing ball.  By the time I came back from morning coffee with the guys I had a response.  (I'll get back to the response) but for now why West Quoddy you ask, well here is a blurp from their web page. "Established in 1808, West Quoddy Lighthouse is noteworthy in several ways. Despite its name, it is the easternmost beacon in the United States, one of only two U.S. lighthouses with red-and-white bands, and one of the first stations to be equipped with a fog bell and, later, a steam whistle. A reliable fog signal was deemed more essential in this area than a light since fog shrouded the coast for roughly half the time during the summer months. When ships approached the bay in foggy conditions, they would fire a signal gun to prompt the keeper to start tolling the fog bell. This arrangement continued until an adequate mechanical ringer for the bell was installed."  Pretty cool if you ask me and oh yea I went there as a kid and loved it.

So back to the response.  They have a great spot for me to park and no problem with me camping so I can hopefully get that classic morning sunrise shot I am looking for.  Not only that but they also informed me of a local VFW that was not far from them I could contact to help spread the word about Service Dogs and Veterans recovering back into the community.

So Here I go I have yet to set the date but soon I hope.  Like I said I want to beat the rush of people trying to cool off from the New England heat waves.  If anyone knows of other lighthouses or VSO's in ME. that I can contact during this photo trip I would greatly appreciate the tips.  Also any special request while I am traveling just let me know and I will ask Iris and see if she will let me deviate from our tight schedule and make it happen. ;)

For a few updates now.  The Classic Car Cruise group that had Iris my wife and I go on the trip through the Caribbean did raise enough money to name a future service dog at America's VetDogs.  They are now having a naming contest so stay tuned for that I will post here once I know what the final name is.  I also hope to be able to go to the final graduation of that dog and future Veterans pairing at some point down the road.  Of course you will have to stay committed to reading the blog and such because once the puppy is named he/she will go to a lucky puppy raiser for the first yr or so then on to training for the next 8-12 months before being paired with a veteran. I promise to get pictures along the way from the friendly folks at VetDogs and the Classic Car Cruise so that you all will be able to see the great things happening.

It was such a great cruise that Jen and I have broke the bank and decided that we would put a down payment for next years cruise already.  There is very few things that can get me out of my camper and into someones vacation spot but a cruse with this group was just the ticket.  Great people and I have not figured out how to get my truck camper to travel on the water yet (no ferry's) so come join us next year if you want and support America's VetDogs at the same time. Cruise Link 

Over the next few weeks I will be taking pictures for a veteran friend who has a great service dog and is getting married.  It is always such an honor to be able to give the gift of memories to someone that has lost so much supporting others.  He like me has a TBI except his has kept him in a chair.  That chair has not slowed him down at all though.  So I thank Ski for allowing me to be a part of his special day and look forward to giving him something to remember.  For others vets out there if you have special needs like that let me know I can not fulfill everything but when I can I am honored to.  Just ask...

Have a great week stay safe.

As always here is the info on the fundraising page for VetDogs Attention: I have a Personal Fundraising Page for VetDogs Now! Please follow this link and make a donation to help another veteran like me get a service dog 

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