Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Maplerock, Sep 5, 2016.
Beautiful weather, a football victory, and few traffic jams. Perfect!
We had a blast. Rock's game yesterday. Pikes Peak today! Great times!
3rd one for us. Always a great experience and you can't beat the weather and the mountains. USAFA does this right. We'll see how West Point does it in October.
It was great. I loved seeing our DS for the first extended time since he left for BCT. It was interesting to see how he has changed and grown. I also loved meeting other cadets including his roommates. These are exceptional young people.
The parade was cold but fun. The game was a win and fun to watch. Seeing Jack's Valley and learning more about what they accomplished there brought a whole new level of respect for me. It is simply amazing. We took the last day and went to the mountains and did a short rafting trip.
The last take-aways from me were 1) my DS is happy and where he belongs; 2) the structure and activities are all designed to teach how to succeed even under dire stress; 3) it is amazing that for the most part the entire academy is run by cadets; and, 4) if you are interested in going really look into what it is like to be a Doolie. There is very little freedom and large amounts of time you are restricted to your room. There are reasons for everything, but you should know that for a year your life will be very different. The cadets who succeed most seem to embrace the change and understand it has a reason and a limited duration in time.
^ Ditto for DD's feeling about the Academy.
Terrific extended weekend with DD, but very busy. We had hoped to allow DD time to "catch up on sleep", but with all the family and friends that came along, she didn't have much opportunity, she just kept going and going like the energizer bunny.
She was taking everything in stride and it was extremely evident to all of us that DD was where she wanted to be and belonged. One of the many things that keeps her going is looking forward to, believe it or not, being a Cadre during BCT, with the caveat that all the cadets (from Firsties to Doolies) in her squadron say "if we make it". This phrase seems more meant to encourage than discourage the cadets -- must be an inside joke.
Touring Jack's Valley was enlightening for her friends and uncle, and helped us fill in the gaps for the WebGuy photos of what she really accomplished during those 10 days. You could see her sense of pride as she described each obstacle, course, or challenge.
Unfortunately, it all had to come to an end, but I think DD was "relieved" to get back to only being responsible for herself, to some extent, and not trying to "herd a bunch of cats" around (her dozen friends and relatives). Her older sister had the hardest time saying "good-bye", breaking her bearing severely Monday evening.
Funny thing about JV. Wife mentioned the tour there and was clearly intruiged and wanting to go. She says to him "Do you wanna go to JV?" His reply "I've been there". Lol.
Also. Is it a no no to post pics of our cadets on this forum? I have a great one at Pikes Peak
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