Most of the team hiked up the mountain. They thought 2 hours would be more than enough time. The trail was a mess of mud, streams of water running down the trail, water crossing that shouldn’t have been on the trail. Needless to say, it took almost 3 hours. I took the tram up with the flags and poles, with the help of 2 others. I was getting pretty nervous when my husband was not at the tower at 11:30. He finally arrived at 12:10. The new pole system took a little bit of time to put together, but it was perfect. WE had a new, bigger flag, It held the flag in place above the tower in the high winds for two hours. We have always flown our son”s flag from Iraq, but it is too heavy in the stormy weather. He is always with us in spirit at the top of the mountain ( Captain Douglas DiCenzo, KIA, May 25, 2006). We had wonderful company on the tower. The Blais family had a POW flag, Mary & Ron had a “Flag of Heros” from a fireman in NY. Gram and her husband had a great poster of previous pictures of Flags on the 48. We hug out in the clouds, glad to be there and together. Maybe next year we will have sunshine. We all headed down the mountain in the tram. We had a large tailgate party in the trailhead parking lot. It was a lot warmer at the bottom of the mountain.
Thanks to all that participated. We look forward to next year.
Wildcat D 2008