Traverse City, Michigan
March 4, 2003
”The surrounding mountains and the grounds of the campus are so incredibly pretty, wow, who wouldn’t want to go to school here?”
”This place is so incredibly clean, I wonder who makes everything sparkle?”
”The Chapel is one of the most unique and gorgeous buildings that I have ever seen, no less been in.”
”I’m not so sure I would like to march around in uniforms, doing those routine drills, getting yelled at because I turned the wrong way or marched out of step.”
”Watching the freshy’s with their orange hats, having to walk around the courtyards only on certain tiles, was both odd and sort of cool.”
The museum in the Visitor’s Center provided us with the history of the Academy, its mission, and gave us a glimpse into the life of a cadet. Much of the information was inspiring in that it spoke of honor, courage, discipline, perseverance, etc.
As you walk around the campus you will see a variety of things going on: students doing formational drills, athletic practices, or cadets catching some “R and R.” We were able to engage a freshman cadet in conversation as he was taking a breather from his run. We learned he was from California, the valedictorian of his high school class (as were most of the cadets there he said), and he liked the discipline, but expressed how, on some days, it was very difficult to keep at it. We thanked him for being there as someday he would help to protect the freedom we so cherish, and tried to encourage him to hang in there.
Be sure to have film in your camera (or room on your disk), as there are so many pictures you will want to take. Most any outdoor shot is great due to the backdrop of the mountains.
You can learn more about the Academy by going to their website by clicking here United States Air Force Academy on the Web.
Or you can call the Visitor’s Center at (719) 472-0102 or (800) 955-4438.
From journal CO Springs - Natural Beauty and Human Achievement