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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Above the Hindu Kush

At the risk of this looking more like a travel guide rather than a photo journal of a "combat" tour, here are photos from my most recent trip, from Khost to Jalalabad.

No matter how many times you tell them not to, the aircraft just love to hop and skip through their's always fun watching the Apaches hover around as they maneuver into flight position. The flight lines are always busy, as we are utterly dependant on air travel for almost everything in this country.

The irrigated fields (in between typical Afghan compounds in the temperate farming regions) actually were appropriately green on the 17th of March, and a welcome change of pace from the brown everywhere else.

Then out of nowhere, a sand-and-rock ridge like this one pops up in a flat area. It's mind-boggling terrain...

Ah, there's the Hindu Kush mountains I promised. Truly an amazing sight, every time.

Yes, I like to photograph mountains. Now stop asking.

Every skier checking this out is drooling right now. I know I was, but that's because I had taken a nap in the rocking Blackhawk.

The damn rotor blade just wouldn't stay out of my shot this time. But just imagine how I was gaping at that monstrous cliff...

You think you've roughed it on some drives? This vertical river bed is what passes for a road in much of Afghanistan.

Terraced farming on the other side of the pass, near J-bad. Back to dirt, haze and farmland, but based in a new location now.


Anonymous William J. LePetomane said...

"Then out of nowhere, a sand-and-rock ridge like this one pops up in a flat area." Ah, Rock Ridge ... that reminds me of a tune:
This is a time of great decision;
Are we to stay or up and quit?
There's no avoiding this conclusion;
Our town is turning into shiiiiit.

March 22, 2006 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Cousin Tim said...

I enjoyed the Rock Ridge description. Since I am the host and you are my guest, what are your pleasures......what'd you like to do?

We could play chess....or screw.....

Let's play chess...

March 22, 2006 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Major Dan said...

C'mon fellas, at least quote the appropriate moment!

"Rock Ridge, Rock Ridge, splendid!"
"Yes sir, Rock Ridge. Rock Ridge."
"Be still, Taggart!"

March 24, 2006 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger I Love Jeets said...

Is this a quoting contest? Cool!

Reverend Johnson: Order, order. Damn it, I said "order".
Howard Johnson: Y'know, Nietzsche says,"Out of chaos comes order."
Olson Johnson: Oh, blow it out your ass, Howard.

March 24, 2006 at 1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anon Ms. said...

I was about to say something about the pictures you have posted Capt. Dan (great) but after reading the other comments, I do believe I will pass until another day.

April 29, 2006 at 3:58 PM  

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