For Mo, Raven, Caden and Penny, who is now flying up in Cat Heaven. Thanks for putting up with me clacking away at all hours. Mom, thanks for reading… although it is not your genre. Dad, aka Mountain Man Dan, thanks for your ear and influence. Thanks to all of the men and women in the military serving our country, especially those of you in harm’s way. All of my friends and fellows, thanks as well. Lastly, thanks to Bill W. and Dr. Bob… you helped make this possible. I am going to sign up for another 24.
Extra special thanks to Monique Happy for taking Trudge and polishing its many rough edges. Her input and insights have allowed me to publish this novel with pride. Thank you Mo!
Edited by Monique Happy Editorial Services
Day 1 - Portland, Oregon
It was a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in Portland, Oregon. Contrary to popular belief, it didn’t rain here all of the time. It looked like a long hot summer was in store. Mount Hood towered in the east, white with snow year round. As they neared the airport, Cade pointed out to his daughter Raven the remnants of Mount Saint Helens visible to the north.
Brook wanted to have conversation time before being dropped off at the American Airlines departure area so they drove with the stereo off.