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Golden Jubilee Collage

This is a special year. Not only do I turn 70 but 2016 marks the golden jubilee of my enlistment in the U.S. Air Force — up to then, my home and travels consisted primarily of Daly City, California and the San Francisco Bay Area. That all changed on June 24, 1966. With the exception of my first six months of enlistment (Basic Training and Medical Corpsman School in Texas), from 1966 to 2016 I moved across the country and to Europe: Rome, New York; Wiesbaden, West Germany; Ann Arbor, Michigan; and Laramie, Wyoming. With each move new friendships were made and new places were experienced but the seven years I lived in Wiesbaden likely made the most impact: that’s where I met and married Susan, where I FINALLY completed my Bachelor’s degree, and where adventure became an integral part of my life.

Since meeting Susan in 1971, we’ve traveled to over 40 countries (visiting five of seven continents), cruised both the Nile and Mekong rivers and walked the beaches of four of five oceans. We’ve experienced the majesty and abundance of wildlife in East Africa and stood before grand pyramids and monuments in Egypt and the majestic temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Together we’ve run many of the major marathons in the U.S. and I’ve trekked to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in Nepal and rafted the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon in Arizona. I’ve also backpacked hundreds of miles with friends in both Glacier National Park in Montana and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

I fully realize how extremely blessed and fortunate I’ve been. In part that’s why I constructed the collage. Also I hoped the collage might teach me a bit about myself. It did: 50thAnniversaryCollageLabel(16.5x12,300rrr) I still like to take photographs; I’ve been blessed with wonderful friends; I’ve certainly aged and no longer run as fast or as far as I once did; I still enjoy skiing and experiencing the outdoors; we’ve enjoyed the companionship of some wonderful spaniels; and travel continues to entice. But most important, Susan and I still enjoy each other and doing things together. That truly is worth celebrating!






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  1. Denise Sharp #

    Ahh…don’t push it, Michael…we still have a couple of months left in our 69th year! Can’t say I’m ready for the 70th to hit but Father Time didn’t ask me…our two birthdays in June will arrive, ready or not! Love your collage and seeing the bits n pieces of your life before we met in 1983 at UW. Speaking of anniversaries…hard to believe Gary n I have weathered married life together for 30 years in Dec, albeit not as long as you and Susan 😏. Since you and I turn 70 this year, that means Gary made it to his 79th this past week! WOW…where have all these years gone? You’ve lived a more adventurous life than I have but only because our lives took us in different directions…I’ve had my share of good and bad times but sure can’t complain…life is good and I am blessed. Don’t hold your breath but one day I’ll travel over the summit and we’ll have a good visit! 😆😘

    Sent from my iPad


    March 26, 2016
  2. Fujuan #

    Congratulations Michael! What an adventurous life!! So many precious pictures…! I saw one taken in China… I hope you continue to share wonderful photos. Best wishes to you and Susan! — Fujuan 🙂

    March 26, 2016
  3. Donna hambrick #

    In case anyone is wondering Michael has a red hair sister and that he left me behind when he went off to bigger and better things. The two of us have been through a lot, cancer etc, and somehow we survive through laugher. Look for my picture. I’m the one with a puppet covering my face. Love ya bro

    March 30, 2016

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