We just spent the last 3 days welcoming home from Iraq some of the soldiers from the 1/120th out of Marshfield area. Most showed up Tuesday morning and the last one left this morning. I was contacted some time back last summer by Sgt. Marty Bever asking if we could put a little sled package together for himself & a few other soldiers he was serving with in Iraq who were really missing the cooler temps & snow back home in Wisconsin. We said sure... would love to. As it grewer closer Dawn & I contacted a few area business to see if they would like to join in to offer them a great package. John & Mary from BoatSport Marine offered an awesome rate for sled rentals. Dash from Friendship House treated them to a great breakfast. Ron & Cindy opened up and threw them a private party fit for a king. Heidi at the Hiawatha Hideaway set these guys up at the bar and showed them a great time. Jimmy Thompson from Phelps helped with a fast repair, and Perry (aka Howler) for doing rescue on the breakdown and riding tail. Lunch on Tuesday was at the Black Oak in LandO.
On Wednesday we rode thru Phelps, Alvin, down to Three Lakes where we had lunch at the Irish Waters Pub - who opened early for the soldiers. Awesome ride on Wednesday. Where we finished off the evening with dinner at the White Spruce Inn later that nite.
On Thursday we did a little riding - northwoods style and had lunch up in Phelps at the Great Escape. All treated these guys and galls to an extra special warm welcome home.. Hats off to the businesses and their big hearts to the troops.
I rode with the guys & gals Tues, Wed, and Thursday. We had a BLAST!!! We even got Dawn out for a 100 mile loop on Wednesday. It was great to give back to these soldiers that serve our country in these tough times.
Thank you to all the men and women of the 1/120th who choose to spend their home coming get together with us. It was an honor.
Al & Dawn
P.S. The trails were GREAT too.. The pics & videos speak 1000 words of the fun we all had
VIDEO - http://vimeo.com/9232947
for more pics http://hiawathamotorinn.com/snowmobiling.shtml