Larry Jr. was 7 years old and he was a good traveler so we decided to take a journey through the New England states. At the time we had a Ford Pickup and an Apache Buffalo tent trailer. I had modified the trailer by adding some storage bins, a kitchen box and other changes. The Ford truck had a camper shell on it and Larry Jr spent most of the time back there playing while we drove down the road. Yes I know, he wasn't in a seat belt.
|1978 Ford F-150 $5500 new|
We wanted to show Larry Jr some historical sites in the US along with some fun places. He loved Watkins Glen, Ft Ticonderoga, Cooperstown and the baseball Hall of Fame. He already was a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball fan and was thrilled to see how many Pirates were enshrined there.
We saw many historical sites on our three week trip and had a great time. Many sites dated back to the 1700s and the Revolutionary War. 250 years of history in three weeks.
In October I had the opportunity to work for about 3 months in Cairo, Egypt and eagerly agreed to the TDY. I had a layover in Rome on the way there and took advantage of that to take a whirlwind tour of Rome. The next day when I arrived at the airport to leave for Cairo the airport workers were on strike. Back to the hotel and then catch the bus back to downtown Rome for more sightseeing.
|Coliseum on the right.|
I was a walker back in those days and must have walked 10 miles checking out the buildings and monuments that dated back about 2000 years. On the bus ride back I asked her what she was doing in Rome and she said she was there for a Sexology Conference that was going on in the hotel. A WHAT?? She explained a little of what she did (very professional with a PHD) on the way back. You never know who you will meet while traveling.
Then it was on to Cairo, Egypt for the actual TDY. I am a history buff and loved Egypt. The US & Egypt had good relations back then and Americans were more than welcome there. I am sure there were some people who didn't like to see us, but for the most part I didn't see any negative attitude toward Americans.
There is too much to write about the TDY so I will just present some of the highlights. Gerry joined me for three weeks while our daughters watched Larry Jr. It was the first time in over 20 years that we were free of kids and on our own.
We toured Cairo in depth, visited the Pyramids, Alexandria, the bazaar, had custom made leather coats made ( Gerry still has hers), ate at different restaurants and had a great time. It was her first time overseas and she adapted to it like a duck to water. That was when we decided we wanted to work and live overseas and we accomplished that in 1982 when I joined the Foreign Service and was sent to Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
I took over 500 photos on the trip and scanned a number of them into digital format over the past couple years.
|Oxen working an old old water wheel for irrigation|
|Old Roman theater in Alexandria|
|Hard to imagine how good shape it was in for being 1500 yrs old|
|Gerry all tired out from walking all over Alexandria|
That was what I did 38 years ago, what did you do?