Sunday, December 21, 2014

Pio Pico RV Park, A New Marine, A Family Loss - December 21, 2014

Wednesday, Decmember 17th - We picked up our daughter, Candy, from the San Diego airport and made it back to the RV park in time to get packed up for our move today. We were out of there right at noon for our 31 mile drive south to the Thousand Trails Pio Pico RV Park.

Pio Pico is a pretty nice park. Over 500 spaces. Lots of activities too.

The entrance.

We chose a good spot with full hookups.

Here are some of the shots around the park.

OK, thanks for the heads up!

The only BIG downside to the park.... no cell internet. They do have an internet service you can purchase for a week at a time, but we will wait till we go into town and use our phones.

Then we discovered the secret spot here. There, up above the Youth Center, on the hill by a tower, is the spot, with a lawn chair, where a person will have cell service. How cool is that?

Some pics from up there.

The next day was family day at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. We shopped in the MCX store and bought our 'Marine souvenirs.

They marched in and Chase was released to the family for about 5 hours.

Here is Chase with Mom (Candy).
And another with his girl friend.

A photo op moment that we couldn't pass up. Chase and Mom.

After many hugs and pictures, he returned to his barracks. Tomorrow is his graduation day. We all noticed a change in him. 'Honor, Courage and Commitment' radiates around him. We are so very proud of him.

Friday, December 19th - As we headed out of the 'no cell zone' area and into San Diego, we received the phone call. Our Sister-in-law, Cyndi had just passed an hour ago. What a bittersweet day this will be. It was a long time coming. No more pain. Peace at last.

A picture from our visit last Christmas.

RIP Cyndi.

After arriving to the depot and after our security search, we all gathered at the parade field and waited for the big event to begin.

Here is (L-R), Donna, Candy, Nikeyea (the girl friend), Grandma Chris, Bella, Jenn and Rick (Chase's Dad).

Here they come.

His platoon was right in front of us. Fourth from the right, front row.

Is was a great graduation. Such discipline. Really cool!

Then the command - Dismissed!

Ohh Rah! ... two steps back.... disperse .......

To the waiting family.  Happy, happy, happy!

Then lots of pictures.

PFC Chase A Pitt

Chase and Candy

Donna, Chase, Candy, and I

Chase and Nikeyea

Chase and Grandma Chris

Chase with Dad and Mom, (Rick and Candy)

Here is Chase talking to our son Tim. Now fellow Marines.

We are taking Candy to the airport for her flight back to Vancouver, WA. We have decided to leave Pio Pico early and go back to Fort Mohave, AZ to be with Gene.

It has been a crazy last couple of days.



  1. Sorry to hear of your sister-in-law's passing. As you said, no more pain. But it still leaves a hole. I hope you'll all be a comfort to each other when you get back to AZ. Congrats to Chase!

  2. Bittersweet is right, sorry to head about your loss.

  3. Our thoughts and best wishes to you and your family at this difficult time.
    Congrats to Chase!
    Merry Christmas and hope to see you in the New Year.