|Subase Bangor is at the lower end of Hood Canal and the Hood Canal Bridge is at the upper right.|
On the day of a patrol underway, our families gather on the pier to see us off. But once we're clear of our berth, wives and children dash for their cars and head north to meet us at the Hood Canal Bridge. Unless there's a traffic problem, our families usually have no problem making the 12 mile run and beating us to the bridge. When we arrive, the draw span opens and we waive to our loved ones one last time.
|I'm on top of the sail, waiving.|
I made five patrols out of Bangor and Kellie took a ton of pictures, but my favorite is the photo below. During one underway, after we cleared the Hood Canal Bridge, Kellie corralled the kids and managed to get them all facing the camera just in time to capture their smiling faces before the ship slipped away.
|From left to right: Jordin, Russell, Kyra, and Danielle.|
This winter we're taking the kids on a Caribbean cruise, but Russell won't be joining us. He will be deployed while his pregnant wife waits at home. When he returns, he will finally get to hold his three month old daughter for the first time.