U. S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 1953

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Portland
October 2000

 

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Hosts: The Donnelly's,

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"Wonderful, exciting, tremendous. " Those were the accolades heard from the attendees (see the list and their individual photos on the Attendees page).

The weather cooperated. In fact the only thing which marred the mini homecoming was the news that the Rick and Beth Cueroni could not come because Beth was having an operation. Wee and Jane Smith were also unexpectedly absent when Wee had a minor ailment. On a more serious matter, we also learned that Cal Crouch was hospitalized with a brain tumor.

The 18 classmates and 15 wives gathered Wednesday evening in the hospitality room to greet each other before attending an excellent meal at the hotel.

Thursday morning, we all climbed aboard our bus bound for Mt. St. Helens. En route, Dick Donnelly showed an excellent historical video of the eruption. The all day trip took us to the Johnson Ridge Observatory looking into the throat of the volcano, then Cold Water Observatory at the foot of the volcano where we had lunch, and on the way back, to the Weyerhaeuser Forest Learning Center.  The weather was warm and clear with some wind around the mountain. the scenery en route was gorgeous. The group gathered to have their picture taken at the entrance to one of the observatories.

 

Wine was served on the bus returning to the hotel followed by a delicious Italian dinner at the hotel.  

The next day was supposed to be a free day but most of us decided to take a luncheon boat trip of the Willamette River which passed in front of the hotel. The trip was scenic and the food delicious. Afterwards, some went to see the Rose Garden and the Japanese Garden for which Portland is famous. Other napped or walked around the city. A salmon dinner at the hotel was enjoyed that night.