My brother had been in the United States Coast Guard boot camp for eight weeks now and it had come time for us to go and retrieve him. Our destination was Cape May, New Jersey, the home of the only Coast Guard training camp in the country.
It was January when we made the trip, and when we were about to land in Philadelphia, I glanced out my window and saw scattered lakes and ponds that were entirely frozen over. This was a drastic change from
He drove us to a rent-a-car dealership and we picked out a small sedan. We then drove to the hotel that we had booked for two nights and were met with possibly the coldest night I have ever had to sleep through. I don’t recall the temperature, but I can comfortably say that it was well below freezing. The hotel manager did not have the heat on for us when we arrived, so by the time it got going, we were waking up. My parents were more upset than I. The thrill of being in a place I had only previously seen through a screen managed to interfere with the freezing weather. My excitement kept me warm through the night.
We awoke at sunrise and traveled to
Immediately after it concluded, everyone in the stands rushed the group inductees. He was overwhelmed at the sight of his family, as were we to see him. It was too early to tell if this experience would have any lasting effect on my brother, but my mind was somewhere else. We were headed to New York City. This was climax of the trip and only lasted two hours, but
Before I knew it, we were home in
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