Category: Family Adventure

This past July Jen and I, along with my two grandsons J.T. And Kaleb, embarked on our great 2015 Alaskan adventure. The first day we headed to Talkeetna where we had reservations at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge. I had chosen Talkeetna so I could photograph Mt. Denali (McKinley), some of the old downtown structures and, of course, the old railroad

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Independence Mine - Cripps Kids

This past July Jen and I, along with my two grandsons J.T. And Kaleb, embarked on our great 2015 Alaskan adventure. The first day we took in the Talkeetna area, and the second day we set out for Hatcher Pass. It was a chilly, dreary day which reminded me that the only thing predictable about Alaskan weather is its unpredictability.

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Nathaniel Levi Cripps Air Force Graduation

Nathaniel Levi Cripps – Airman First Class On 3 June 2015, the family drove to San Antonio, Texas to attend the Air Force graduation week ceremonies for Nathaniel Levi Cripps. Just six months ago, we had made the trip to Parris Island, South Carolina to attend Pätrick Henry Cripps’ graduation from Marine Corp. boot camp. The two ceremonies were strikingly

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Nathaniel Levi Cripps - son of John Cripps

And then there was one… In August I posted about my daughter, Dixie Lee, heading off to college. The following month I posted about her brother, Pätrick Henry departing for Marines Boot Camp. Now, I get to write about Nathaniel Levi Cripps heading off to Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, for his Boot Camp. Since, the remaining son, Robert

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Several cousins and I recently lamented how sad it is that we only see each other at funerals. My Aunt Mary had just passed away and cousins from near and far drove, or flew in, to attend the services. I hadn’t seen my cousin, Eddie Hodges, since my own dad passed away in 2006. On several occasions another cuz, Jay

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John Cripps on Camel in Isfahan Iran

Isfahan, Iran and the Great Camel Adventure My children love to hear the absolutely true story of the great camel adventure of 1976. I will get to it directly but first I must tell the story of how I can to live and work in the heart of Iran. I had been working at the Bechtel construction site of the

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Hunting Island Jennifer Cripps

On our recent trip to South Carolina to attend our son Pätrick’s Marine Graduation ceremony we took a side trip to shoot some coastal photos. Hunting Island is a 5000 acre State Park located near Beaufort, South Carolina. This secluded semitropical barrier island has been spared the encroaching development ubiquitous throughout the Lowcountry. The island was once a hunting preserve

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Columbia Mississippi Tornado

All the phones in the household went off at once. It was a tornado warning alarm, something we take very serious in these parts. Since I’ve lived in Wiggins, there have been three tornadoes hit with a couple mile radius of my home. My sons and I immediately ran to both porches to view the horizon from every direction. The

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Pätrick Cripps with his platoon

Pätrick Cripps Marine Graduation Part 2 Graduation Day finally arrived. It was December 12th, the birthday of his oldest brother who served in the Air Force. It was a cold windy day but everyone was too excited to care. There is something very impressive about soldiers marching, and these Marines put on a damn good show. Thirteen weeks earlier, they

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Patrick Cripps - Parris Island Barracks

Pätrick Cripps Marine Graduation Part 1 He did it! My son persevered the dreaded Crucible and earned the title, United States Marine. On Sunday, Pearl Harbor Day, he got to make one five minute phone call. It was the first time I’d heard his voice in thirteen weeks. I expected him to sound very different, but he was still very

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Patrick Henry Cripps, son of John Cripps

On August 20th I posted about my daughter, Dixie Lee, heading off to college. Less than a month later, on September 14th, her brother Pätrick Henry Cripps departed for Marines Boot Camp. The next one to go will be Nathaniel, who has initiated paperwork with the Air Force. It’s starting to get eerily quiet around the homestead. Pätrick is my

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Dixie Cripps Featured Image

It finally happened. I knew it was coming but I just refused to believe it. My Dixie Lee has grown up and left home for college. A lot of parents will shout out a resounding “Hallelujah” when a child leaves home, but not me. Three of my five boys have left the nest so you would think it would be

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John Cripps children at Okatoma Creek

Great Family Fun at Okatoma Creek I’ve been taking my children to Seminary Canoe Rental on Okatoma Creek for 13 years now. It is some of the best family fun in South Mississippi. The Okatoma Creek float is eight miles of pure bliss. There are many stretches of quiet, peaceful creek with an old growth canopy of hardwoods. To keep

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