I hope all of you are having a great (and safe) Memorial Day today and remembering any of your forebears who were veterans. Raining here so I cancelled my solo hike and climb plans. Just chilling indoors and thinking of my Dad who passed away in 2007. He was on the flattop USS Franklin when the Japanese bombed it and she lost over 800 men. Dad helped fight the fires for several days until he collapsed; he did not know he had sustained both hips fractured in the bombing. He was just temporarily on the carrier after his own ship, a destroyer, had been torpedoed and sunk. Dad was a good swimmer so he was one of the handful of survivors who reached a nearby island after the sinking and were rescued a month later. He was still a teenager, only seventeen years old.