Tell us about the farthest you’ve ever traveled from home.

It depends on how you measure distance, figuratively or literally. Literally, most likely Barking Sands Beach, Kauai, Hawaii. Figuratively, Adana, Turkey.


Now there are three syllables I never heard together while growing up. They mean hello in Arabic. I learned them when stationed at Incirlik Air Base near Adana Turkey in the late 70s.

In June, of one year, I went on delayed enlistment in the United States Air Force. Active duty started in December. By the following June, I found myself taking my an international flight on a Boeing 747 out of JFK.

For security reasons, the first leg of my flight was supposed to be JFK to Istanbul via Rome. For inexperienced snafu reasons, my via flight went first to Frankfurt, then behind the Iron Curtain through Bucharest & Budapest (B&B). During the then Cold War, this was not the preferred route for US military travelers. At both B&B airports,security was seriously tight. Upon landing, armed security guards boarded the plane to stand watch. Needless to say, I was as quiet & meek as a mouse. The good news?, my luggage went the other way.

I spent fifteen months living in Turkey, my one & so far only time on the Asian continent. Activities include hiking up to ancient castles to spend the night, two weeks bing a counselor at an American Boy Scout camp, & snorkeling in the Mediterranean.


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