TBT: Back to the '80s

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TBT:  Back to the '80s

Me building a cold weather shelter in AK


Very basic survival training.  I was in the Army and stationed in Alaska from 1983-1985.  We had to build basic shelters and spend a night in it.  Fortunately, it wasn't too cold.



A pony ride just isn't enough.  My son in Arizona around 1987.

Comments (13)

Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

what an interesting post...I hope you have a great rest of throw back thursday!

Jun 19, 2014 12:03 AM
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Kristin - Thanks!  It's fun to look through old pictures and remember the times.

Jun 19, 2014 12:06 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

Wow Pat, that is a dive into your world.  Thank you for serving and protecting us.

Camel ride...now that would be fun!

Jun 19, 2014 07:34 AM
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
"Bet"on Central PA Real Estate!

Pat, you had me going for a minute, I couldn't figure out what a camel was doing in Alaska! Nice photos, and thank you for your service!

Jun 19, 2014 09:15 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Great pictures Pat, primitive winter camping can be fun and leave you with a feeling of self reliance, I try to get out and rough it at least once every winter.  That must have been quite a feeling to serve our country in such a great location.

That looks like a happy memory with your son in Arizona, thanks for sharing the memories Pat!

Jun 19, 2014 02:26 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@Properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Pat, not too many kids can say they've ridden a camel!  That is pretty cool.

Jun 19, 2014 08:25 PM
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Kerrie - There are times when I feel like I'm taking a first dive into my world when I look at old pictures.

Bette - No camels in Alaska, only their cousins, the llamas.

Bob - I decided after a few years of camping out with the Army that wet, cold, and miserable really wasn't fun, even if you do get a sense of accomplishment.

Patricia - I'm glad I found that picture.  I doubt if my son even remembers it.

Jun 21, 2014 05:35 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Broker
Elizabeth Anne Weintraub, Broker - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

What do you mean it wasn't too cold? The picture looked like you had snow on the ground, and you're wearing a coat, for crying out loud.

Jul 10, 2014 08:10 AM
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Spoken like a true Californian, Elizabeth!  Actually, that was just a heavy wool shirt, not a coat, and we needed the snow for insulation.  As I recall, the temperature was hovering right around freezing and didn't drop below 20 that night.

Jul 11, 2014 11:33 PM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Fun photos, Pat.  I have never had to build a shelter nor have I ridden a camel.  But Chief Cook has ridden a camel and tells me it isn't very much fun!

Aug 06, 2014 07:44 AM
Pat McCormick
Long and Foster Manassas - Manassas, VA

Ron - The shelter was good enough to stand up to one very calm night.  I wouldn't have wanted to push beyond that withou a lot of improvement.  My son was around 3 when he was riding the camel.  It didn't seem to bother him!

Aug 07, 2014 02:04 AM
Kathy Smiley
Rodeo Realty ~ Fine Estates Westlake Village - Newbury Park, CA
"Real Estate results that make YOU smile!"

It shows you how great training and necessity work together!

Aug 16, 2014 07:39 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

How did I miss this post?  Your son on the back of a camel...what a great shot.

Sep 24, 2014 08:35 AM