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This web site documents our travels from the USS Alaska (SSBN-732) Gold Crew, Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, Washington, to the decidedly different locale of  Naval Support Activity, La Maddalena, Sardinia, Italy, Home of the USS EMORY S LAND (AS-39)  

We have now been living in La Maddalena since October 1999 and absolutely love it here.  There are many reasons for this, but I think the biggest one has to be the very warm welcome we have received from both the Navy and the local population.  Dan finds the walk from the Piazza (where we hang out and drink cafe latte) to the house to be the most painful half mile in the world.  There's a better than 50/50 chance that anyone we pass by will either know Katrina or will know Zachary (seems all the Italians know Zachary), and we will be doomed to stop and chit chat for at least four hours.  Ok, so maybe not four hours, but I could translate the book of Maccebees from Hebrew to Lithuanian in the time it takes to get from here to there when I'm with Katrina..

This website is primarily a showcase of our photos and our experiences since we left our house in Bangor, Washington.  Click on any of the links to the left to view the photosets, conveniently thumb nailed for your...err...convenience 

Confused about the layout of the land?  Click on the thumbnail to the right to see a labeled aerial photo taken from an aircraft at 38,000ft

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The fine print:

A note on the photographs:
All of these photos are the property of Dan and Katrina.  If you want to use any of them, feel free.  I also have the high-res originals, if you want them.  The only thing we ask is if you use them anywhere else on the web, give us credit for them.  They were shot by  on an Olympus D400Z camera in 1280x960 resolution, or with an Olympus C3000 in 2048x1546 resolution.  In either case, they were then downsized to 800x600 to save you download time.  We still have the originals in 1280x960. 
The exceptions to this are a few older scenery photos in the US portion that were taken with a Canon AE-1 program 35mm camera and then Scanned with an HP Scan jet scanner.

Acknowledgement is also due to Nina Beheim, an excellent photographer of her own right, who took the photos of the USS Alaska coming home (the ones that weren't taken from the boat).  Also, I THINK but am not sure that John Biggs took the Mesa Falls photo.  It could have been me, but we both were getting some great pics that day.  John, if it's your photo, let me know and I'll give you credit.

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