July 5, 2010, Bacharach, Germany — Christi and I have wanted to travel in Germany forever, really. We planned a trip there back in 1987 and then Christi became pregnant with our oldest son, Rob, who will be 23 soon. When the U.S. Air Force sent him to Ramstein AFB in southern Germany, the old idea became a great new idea.
Mike, 20, wanted to go with us. He would bring his friend from Lodi High days, Will Darsie. And they wanted to see former German exchange student Kai Heinius. Of course, once in Germany, they’d have to ditch us and backpack around Europe.